Mosquito control seeks to take over Pine Island airport to save tax dollars

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PINE ISLAND, Fla. It’s question of what’s worse, mosquitoes or helicopters flying from an airport to fight them.

Lee County Mosquito Control seeks to move to the private Woodstock Airport on Pine Island to save money.

The plan according to the district is to fly two helicopters from the airport to treat Pine Island. They say it would save $250,000 in the first two years and $1.4 million in tax dollars over the next decade.

Some residents are concerned over increased traffic and noise if the land is rezoned.

The area is surrounded by trees and at least a few hundred yards from any homes.

The zoning department will take all of the statements they received on record to the County commission, however it may be more than a month before the commission hears the issue.

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