Based on numerous reports in Southern California, the city of Santa Monica and the FAA are in negotiations to determine whether and when the city can evict two FBOs from the embattled municipal airport.
A superior court order scheduled for Dec. 1 has been delayed until early January while the parties work through numerous issues. The judge’s order was to decide on a preliminary injunction sought by FBO Atlantic Aviation to stop its eviction. According to reports, the two parties decided to continue the issue until Jan. 3, 2017.
“Anytime we have parties in dispute negotiating, that’s a good thing,” said AOPA General Counsel Ken Mead. AOPA for decades has been a leading advocate for the historic airfield, despite unrelenting maneuvers by the city to close the facility, even though it is protected under numerous FAA grant obligations and land grant agreements.