On a perfect day in Zephyrhills, skydivers board planes, jump out into the clear blue sky at 14 thousand feet and swoop in with a gentle landing at Skydive City. But this clockwork movement may not be so smooth if the airport management has their way. A grant that will expire soon calls for a six foot security fence to be put up around the airport. A fence that will cut deep into the bottom line at Skydive City.
General manager T.K. Hayes says, "when those airplanes are spinning it's about twenty dollars a minute. you start to slow it down...it's going to be very disruptive and it's going to really screw up the business."
The proposed plan runs the fence from the corner of their aircraft hanger to a wooded area on the other side cutting the property in half.
And that fence will be right up against the large landing zone that is currently used. Something the skydivers say could risk the safety of their landing.
"I like to skydive here because of the open space and the fence would be horrible for me I would be looking for the fence and can not jump safely. If there will be a six foot fence I think I won't be skydiving here," said skydiver Lars Dierich.
T.K. Hayes says they don't mind the fence as long as their entire 14 acres of property is included within it and not dissected by it.
"The good news is we have a meeting this week the city manager and the airport manager we're going to sit down and they are going to tour this place and hopefully we're going to convince them otherwise."
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