Jacksonville EAAers Make Progress On Ordinance Repeal Effort
August 30, 2007 — EAAers in Jacksonville, Florida, celebrated a small victory on August 28, when city council member Glorious Johnson introduced a bill to repeal the zoning law that unfairly prohibits residents from working on homebuilt aircraft within the city limits.
EAA Chapter 193 president Milford Shirley reports that 19 chapter members showed up at the meeting wearing red "REPEAL THE EVERETT LAW" shirts with the EAA member logo. "At one point the council president said, 'I see a bunch of red shirts up there, did we miss someone on our speaker cards?'" Shirley said.
Unfortunately, the first night a bill is filed it does not come up for discussion, but Shirley stood up and said the chapter was there to support Johnson and that they would be present at future meetings as well.
"They know who we are and we're not going away," said Shirley. "And now we're getting a few second-hand notices of council members are going to vote with us."
The next step will be at the September 4 Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting. "Council member Johnson is not on the committee, but she will sit at the meeting with the chapter and speak about the bill," Shirley said. "She has gone to great lengths to let others know that she not only introduced the bill but backs it wholeheartedly."
EAA is asking all members to e-mail the City of Jacksonville council members to let them know how important this issue is. In all cases be courteous, a simple note saying, "I am an aircraft homebuilder and encourage you to support 2007-0955. Homebuilding aircraft is important to our country, please do not let a neighbor dispute affect our ability to create and advance aviation."