Airport officials in St. Marys have decided to revoke the license of a skydiving business operating there after two skydivers missed the airfield along Georgia's coast and landed on a high-security submarine base less than three miles away.
A study by the state Department of Transportation found Georgia’s airports generated more than $62 billion for Georgia’s economy and 471 thousand jobs. But the lion’s share came from Hartsfield-Jackson airport, while smaller airports struggled.
Some residents at a Tuesday meeting expressed worries about noise and fears that commercial flights would lead to lower property values. But several business owners and residents said the promise of jobs and economic prosperity made the venture worth exploring.
Tourism and retail spending are boosting Savannah's economy, but those are the only positive signs in a third quarter economic report. Armstrong Atlantic State University's Center for Regional Analysis released its quarterly forecast this week. Center director Michael Toma says, out of seven economic trends the forecast tracks, only hotel stays and retail recepts posted gains.
Congress’s failure to extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s funding has blocked some airport projects. And the lack of a long-term funding agreement for the FAA is limiting airport directors’ ability to plan.