Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport has seen its fair share of traffic. Most good. Some tragic. Since December, at least two planes have gone down on or around the runway.
That's one reason some local pilots came out Monday: to speak up. They want to see the runway extended.
"All the other infrastructure has been improved with the growth of the City, but we've left this airport as it was intact in the 1940's. It hasn't changed," Tim Vito with Craig Air Center said.
Right now, Craig's runway sits at 4,000 feet. The typical length is 6 or 7,000 and most insurance companies won't cover anything under 5. In addition to safety, some worry about the full economic impact-- or lack thereof.
"I think it's a no-brainer," Vito continued.
Fred Whatley has lived near the airport for 30 years. He said he just wants to enjoy his peaceful neighborhood.
"If they extend it, they're going to bring bigger planes. And bigger planes means cargo planes. A lot more traffic. No," he said.
This afternoon, advocates made it clear. They won't be letting the city, homeowners or anyone else off the hook until improvements to Craig are made.
"We're prepared to stand in front of anybody at any time to deliver the truth. The facts, because this has to happen and city leaders have got to get behind it or we need to turn them out of office," Marshall Wood said.