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Destin residents complain about helicopter companies
DESTIN -- Another Destin helicopter business is getting some pushback from neighbors.
Beach Helicopter operates from a location between Highway 98 and Commons Drive.
Some people say it's spoiling the atmosphere in their beachside neighborhood.
Laura Hussey "The Henderson Park Townhomes are right in the middle of Destin, but you don't feel any hustle and bustle. They're right next to the state park, so they're used to things being pretty quiet around here"
Beach Helicopter worked with Okaloosa County and other agencies for more than two years to get their permits.
Owner Mike Schaeffer says he wants to be a good neighbor, so he's not flying over any residential areas.
Mike Schaeffer/Beach Helicopter "There's a section of trees in between 98 and the beach that there's not even a nature trail on, that we go to and from the beach, that's our only in and out"
GPS tracks confirm the helicopter only flies over the woods. The same state park woods the townhome owners counted on to keep their oasis quiet.
Tracey Tapp "So he's not flying over homes, but he's flying right in front of our units across the park. It's noisy, we come for peace and boom boom boom boom, helicopter blades whirling"
Neighbors say the chopper made twenty passes on Sunday.
Schaeffer says they're not that busy yet, but they hope to be.
Schaeffer "We were approved by the FAA, we're approved by FDOT, we're approved by Okaloosa County for being in here, we've followed every rule"
Frost Jones says the townhome owners are hearing from others on the beach who say the noise is disturbing.
Frost Jones "By no means am I advocating that he be shut down. That's not my intention. My intention is to shed a light on the frequency, and that that frequency be lessened"
Laura Hussey "Residents here have started a petition drive and they've reached out to county commissioners, asking for some help."