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County and City testing commercial flights on Lake Stevens

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Published on Wed, Apr 1, 2009
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County and City testing commercial flights
on Lake Stevens

City looking forward to increase in jobs and revenue BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR
& JOHN MORRISON | CONTRIBUTING WRITER The serenity on the waters of Lake Stevens was broken last Monday, March 30, by the roar of jet engines as a specially built 737 equipped with pontoons landed on the north end of the lake.

This is the first phase of a project to test the viability of commercial flights in and out of Lake Stevens.

“Allowing commercial jets to land in Lake Stevens will encourage diversity within our community,” Jan Berg, Lake Stevens City Administrator said.

A small terminal will have to be built, creating jobs during and after construction.

“We think this would be a big job creator, especially if the cove area of the lake was filled in to construct a mammoth terminal,” Berg said. “We have had many conversations with investors who are considering building a boutique hotel within Lundeen Park, again creating more jobs within the city.”

The City will also acquire shuttle buses, which will be able to shuttle passengers to area communities and are also considering the purchase of three adjacent homes for passenger parking.

“From the County’s point of view, having daily commercial flights off the lake itself certainly makes more sense than out of Paine Field, an established airport,” a spokesperson for Snohomish County stated. ““We think this is a win-win situation for the county and the folks living near Paine Field.”

Other local leaders are excited about the opportunity to bring revenue into our pristine city by the lake and look forward to a quick commute to meetings outside of Lake Stevens.

“I am so excited about the prospect of being able to fly directly out of Lake Stevens,” Mayor Vern Little said. “A 12-minute flight from Lake Stevens to Seattle will cost less than $50.”

It appears there will be little impact to the citizens of Lake Stevens as the flight path will be a narrow corridor over Springbrook Road between former State Senator Kevin Quigley’s and local Real Estate Agent Joyce Bell’s house.

The pilot of the 737 was Anthony Kangaroo. According to Captain Kangaroo and his copilot Mr. Green Jeans, the test was a huge success.
Although several public meetings have been held, we will be hosting one last public hearing at the Wyatt Park dock tonight at 7 p.m.

The next and final test flight will be this Friday, April 3 at 9 a.m.

A viewing area with refreshments will be set up at the city fishing dock in the North Cove for those wishing to observe. All citizens are encouraged to attend.

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