The Boca Raton Airport Authority’s governing board will fight to keep the facility’s air-traffic control tower open, saying its closure could affect employment and hurt the nation’s already strained economy because so many corporations use the airfield.
The 12-year-old tower is one of 189 the Federal Aviation Administration plans to close as forced federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect. The American Association of Airport Executives said federal officials confirmed in a conference call Tuesday that 173 towers are slated to shut down April 7. The remaining 16 would close by Sept. 30.
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