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Model aviators group gets to finish out lease

POSTED: February 7, 2014 12:05 a.m.
 

An agreement has been reached between the Georgia Model Aviators, Forsyth County and a neighboring family that will allow the group to stay at Eagle’s Beak Park until 2017 as originally planned.

The group has been on that site off Old Federal Road in northwest Forsyth for about a decade, but a deal was required to prevent a potential lawsuit from the Garmon Family Trust, a neighboring property owner.

The family has contended the planes not only are a nuisance, but also don’t conform to the green space purposes of the land.

The county purchased the 225-acre property in 2009 with funding from the $100 million bond referendum for parks, green space and recreation that voters approved in 2008.

Last fall, the county proposed ending the $1,000-per-month lease two years early to head off the suit. The aviation group contended that wouldn’t allow enough time to find a suitable replacement site.

The arrangement approved Tuesday will “allow the existing lease to expire on natural terms,” said County Attorney Ken Jarrard. It won’t, however, be extended as in the past.

Recognizing the possibility of turnover on the county commission before 2017, the Garmon family reserves the right to sue should Forsyth choose to extend the contract in three years, Jarrard said.

However, any legal battle would be void once the contract expires and is not renewed.

“This is not y’all’s end,” Commissioner Todd Levent told the aviators. “You have quite the following.”

 

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