Four dozen homes near the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport are receiving sound-proofing as part of a pilot program to quiet the noise from a planned south runway expansion, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“The pilot program is intended to establish parameters on what needs to be done,” said Greg Meyer, a spokesperson for the airport. “The first 48 homes will have new windows, doors, roof insulation, and in some cases new air-conditioning units installed.”
The cost of sound-proofing, about $65,000 to $70,000 per house, is being covered by the airport and the Broward County Commission will determine what should happen next, depending on results. Some want the county to buy the hundreds of homes whose residents will be affected.
“I’m concerned because you don’t just live inside the house, you live outside, too. You can’t sell or move out because the value of the homes has dropped because of the situation at the airport,” said one resident. [Sun Sentinel]