Proposal to remedy airport fence

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Increased security barriers at the Grand Junction Regional Airport have forced some businesses to close their doors, but airport administrators and government officials are working to come up with a more balanced security solution.

In response to the decline of the general aviation community, Colorado elected officials sent a letter today regarding the airport security fence, asking the TSA to consider a new security plan for the airport.

However, for aviation business owners like Steve Bottom, it's too little too late.

"Nobody wanted to fly to Grand Junction. There was maybe a third of the business we used to have," said former owner of Tristar Aviation Steve Bottom.

Bottom set up shop in 1997 and sold the company in August 2012. He said it's all because of the fence.

Bottom said if elected officials and airport administration had done what they are doing now, it may have made a difference for his company.

A portion of the letter signed by Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Representative Scott Tipton reads as follows:

"Due to the strain that the airport's existing security protocol is placing on the community's interests, we urge you to consider this proposal as expeditiously as possible.This process was part of an on going, good-faith effort to ensure airport security compliance with TSA regulations while promoting an environment beneficial to local business, commerce and flexibility of movement for general aviation."

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