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No-go for commercial airport at US Homestead Air Force Base.

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The US Air Force has decided against allowing a commercial airport to be built on Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, which was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The decision apparently reflects the view that the siting of a commercial airport on the base could be harmful to the Everglades and Biscayne national parks. The 717 acre site is likely to be offered to Miami-Dade County for mixed use.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas has indicated that he is disappointed with the decision and will look into avenues to secure a reversal. He also stated that the offer of the land for mixed use may not be accepted, according to UPI. Penelas stated that 'the county has 90 days to come up with a plan for the area.'

The Air Force's decision has pleased environmentalists, who have stated that the site was never appropriate for an airport because of its location between the national parks. US Representative Peter Deutsche also said that he would not be surprised if the incoming Bush administration tried to overturn the decision, but indicated that such a move would be 'close to impossible, if not impossible.'

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