A group of real estate developers and salespersons in Chittenden County has proclaimed,
“We have concluded that the basing of the F-35 will not add any significant negative impact to real estate values and find that there is no reliable market data to suggest otherwise.” If this group of “experts” is correct:
Who are residents and homeowners who live in or close to the 65dbl area supposed to believe? Should they simply take on faith that the aforementioned real estate experts know what they are talking about? Should they be concerned, maybe scared, that the US Air Force, which is in the best position to project the impact of their futuristic F-35 plane on the 65dbl zone’s homes and families, concluded differently? Do homeowners believe a group of real estate experts or the US Air Force?
The question about the F-35 is not simply about noise, about economic development or even jobs. The question is what will happen to the homeowners and their families who live in close proximity to the airport? The question is not only about home values, but also about health issues, quality of life issues and more. Those residents have good reason to be worried, even scared and good reason to speak out in protest.
George C. Cross