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Chargers: Must resolve Oceanside airport issues to consider stadium

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    8:08 p.m. July 9, 2009

    OCEANSIDE – Chargers officials and the owner of an old drive-in theater in Oceanside said Thursday that they must resolve issues over a nearby airport before they can seriously consider the site for a stadium.

    Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani said he and team President Dean Spanos met Thursday with Mel Kuhnel, West Coast vice president for Thomas Enterprises, which owns the 92-acre site.

    The eastern end of the Oceanside Municipal Airport is within one-half mile of the former drive-in at state Route 76 and Foussat Road, and about 2½ miles east of Interstate 5.

    “Is there any conceivable circumstance where the airport could continue to operate with a 200-foot (high) stadium nearby?” Fabiani said is the critical question.

    He said other issues would need to be addressed but the airport was “the threshold issue” that could end any further stadium proposal.

    Kuhnel said the next step is to meet with the county Regional Airport Authority to get their reaction, then consult with an expert on Federal Aviation Administration issues.

    The FAA reviews plans for tall structures near airports to determine whether they would pose a hazard. It doesn't have authority over development, but if it finds a structure poses a hazard, local officials may not approve the project.

    Michael Burge: (760) 476-8230; michael.burge@uniontrib.com

    BOLT POWER Well-Known Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    At least its So. Cal., Looks like a better place than Chula Vista - or out of state, but lets see how long it takes for the bolts and the three parties to get together. We hear how the city of San Diego delayed forever but seems like the bolts are talking their time themselves or flat out finding fault with every place instead of pushing to get it done. 2 Chula Vista Sites Declined, City of Industry - on the back burner, 1 oceanside turned down,and now we have this one. new common demonator is the bolts. Come 0n Spanos Get moving quit playing lets make a deal and buy the staduim and land yourself. I pay enough for my season tickets to get an answer
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