Commission approves sports car racing at FB Municipal Airport

The Fernandina Beach City Commission has approved a contract with the Buccaneer Region Sports Car Club of America to use an idle runway at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport for races in January, February, June, August, September, October, November and December of this year.

Commissioners said there had been some complaints from residents living near the airport about the noise level during the races, and asked Airport Manager Nathan Coyle if the company could keep the races between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Coyle said the races were customarily during those times, with the exception of the August races, which are held in the evening to avoid the extreme heat of the day. The commission agreed to those conditions.

At their Jan. 15 regular meeting the commission also approved settlements of $35,000 each in lawsuits brought against the city by Peggy Horton and Constance Bradley for falls on city property – Horton at The Fernandina Beach Golf Club and Bradley on a Centre Street sidewalk. The city’s insurance company will pay the settlements, with a $5,000 deductible per settlement.

According to City Manager Dale Martin’s office, as of earlier this month the city had completed 90 percent of a $19,995 project to repair sidewalks in the city.

Also approved by the City Commission on first reading was a change to the Future Land Use Map and zoning map for a property at 233 S. 14th St. from residential to mixed-use in order to introduce low-density commercial development at the site. The property is located next to Fire Station No. 1. A second reading must be scheduled and pass before final approval.

The commission also approved on first reading an amendment to the Land Development Code that removed nonresidential parking requirements for properties in the city’s waterfront Community Redevelopment Area. A second reading must be scheduled and pass before final approval.

In other business, the City Commission:

• Approved the annexation of 0.61 acres of land at the Aspire at Amelia Lakeside subdivision and changed the FLUM designation for the property to general commercial; and

• Approved LDC amendments that modify the certificate of approval matrix and clarified the appeal process by the Historic District Council for consistency with the Board of Adjustment process.

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