Opinion

I join the concerns about the high volume of helicopter traffic over our peninsula, which was expressed in a recent letter to the FAA by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Geoff Gordon and BOE President Robert Seiden and which was printed in the Port Washington News.

In addition to the possibility, due to a high volume traffic pattern, of a helicopter crash over Port Washington, which would result in injuries and possibly loss of lives in our densely populated community, there is another issue which I want to highlight and that is noise pollution. Helicopters start flying over our homes as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 11:30 p.m. seven days a week. Because of their low altitude, the noise awakens us, during the day windows rattle and when we sit on our deck, the droning from above drowns out our conversations. Sometimes, these helicopters fly over less than a minute apart.

We need to speak up as a community to bring about a change to this obviously under-regulated area and I thank the Port Washington School District for taking the initiative. I will join you in any campaign we need to undertake to safeguard the well-being of our community.

Karin Eckert


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