Destin Executive Airport begins noise wall construction

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The noise wall will be located between the parking lot behind Destin Jet and the backs of the houses on Misty Way. FILE PHOTO

The neighborhoods around the Destin Executive Airport will hopefully get a little bit quieter.

Construction has begun on a new sound wall at the northwest end of the airport, behind the Destin Jet parking lot and the backs of the houses on Misty Way. The wall was recommended by an advisory committee after a two-year study as a way to facilitate noise abatement in the area.

“The contractor has started construction,” said Airports Project Manager Chad Rogers. “We have completed demolition of the old sound wall, and right now we’re trimming trees…and doing site work and foundation preparations. We’re waiting for the new panels to come in.”

He said he expects the panels to come in and be installed by mid-March. 

The noise wall will be made of concrete and have sound absorbing material on it, much like the median barriers on interstates. The wall will be 15 feet high and 300 feet long.

Airport Director Tracy Stage said the noise wall will be a positive thing for the community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“One of our biggest goals is compatibility with the surrounding community, and this wall is actually making good on a 6-year-old promise,” Stage said, referring to the study that began in 2008 and was completed in 2010. “We absolutely believe it will enhance the quality of life for the residents that purchase homes directly with lots that share property lines (with the airport).”