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Solberg Airport Eminent Domain Battle Gets National Press


Thanks to Mark Hyman of Behind the Headlines, this story ran on 70+ television stations around the country.  

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Solberg Rescinds Ordinance to Take Solberg Airport

On November 13, 2013, the Readington Township Committee rescinded the ordinance to take ALL of Solberg Airport by eminent domain.  They are still moving forward to take 625 of the 725 acres using eminent domain, so our fight is not over yet!

NJ.com report on the ordinance
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Updates! Updates! Updates!

A lot has happened since the last post, so here goes:

1.  About 500 people showed up to Readington's Township Meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 2013.  People spoke out against the township's proposed eminent domain action for over three hours with no one speaking out in favor of using eminent domain.  In typical Readington fashion, the committee voted to use eminent domain anyway at the end of the meeting.

Link to NJ.com article on the meeting

2.  The court decided to DENY Readington's motion to amend their complain from taking only most of Solberg Airport to taking all of Solberg Airport.  The case will now proceed to trial in March 2014 to determine the legality of their original eminent domain action.

Link to NJ.com article on the court's decision and case updates

We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from citizens both near and far.  This has been a very difficult fight for us and knowing you are also appalled by the abuse of eminent domain has been awesome.  Keep talking up the story to everyone you know, keep writing to the mayor, governor, state officials, AOPA, NBAA, NJDOT and whoever else you think can help!
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New Website

Due to the fast changing nature of this case, we are moving all new information to http://www.solbergairport.com/latest

For all of the latest and greatest up to date information on our eminent domain battle, please go to the above site.  For the history and how we got where we are, that information remains here.

Thanks!


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Readington Township Moves to Take the Entire Airport!

Readington Township's Government has decided that they know more about aviation than the family that has run this airport for over 70 years and have the right to take a family's legacy right out from under them.  We can only hope that the residents of Readington disagree!

Please check our Solberg-Hunterdon Airport Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Solberg-Hunterdon-Airport/140287056011506) for the latest updates and stick with us as we update this site to the latest developments.

More info:

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20131010/NJNEWS/310100069/Readington-wants-to-expand-its-acquisition-of-Solberg-property
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NJ Aviation Association (NJAA) Voices its Support for Solberg Airport

Jack McNamara, Chairman of the New Jersey Aviation Association, has written a letter to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to voice NJAA's support for Solberg Airport as we continue our fight to save one of the few remaining privately-owned, general aviation airports.

In McNamara's words:

"NJAA urges you to intercede in the pending litigation and advise the court that this airport encompasses 744 acres, most of which have been targeted in this eminent domain action by Readington Township, which has long demonstrated its opposition to the development of aeronautics in this State, now in a manner which is beyond the authority of their charter."

***** For full text of the letter, CLICK HERE

OR CHECK OUR LETTER ARCHIVE
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Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) Takes a Stand in Favor of Solberg Airport

Mike Stoddard, president of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC), has written a letter to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation to voice MAAC's support for Solberg Airport as we continue our fight to save one of the few remaining privately-owned, general aviation airports. Hopefully, the MAAC's support will spur support from groups such as NJAA and AOPA.

In Stoddard's words:

"If the Solberg families lose this case, every other privately owned airport that is licensed and available for public use will be susceptible to similar harsh tactics from their respective host communities. Hostile elected officials will have free rein to harass and work toward closing their public use airport."

***** For full text of the letter, CLICK HERE

OR CHECK OUR LETTER ARCHIVE

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Judge rules that Readington Township has to pay legal costs

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/06/readington_may_have_to_pay_if.html
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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Readington Township's Appeal

The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by Readington Township regarding the Solberg Airport eminent domain case.

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