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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 1:04 pm

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- After years of noise complaints by North Port residents, an emergency medical helicopter will move from its current location in the city.

The private medical helicopter company Bayflite has a lease with North Port that expires on December 31st. The company has been leasing space near city hall since 2012 to provide quicker response times for trauma cases.

The nearest trauma centers are in Manatee and Lee counties.

An email sent to the city earlier this month announced Bayflite would be moving its heliport outside of the city.

Last year a number of complaints of noise from the helicopter prompted the city to look for other possible locations for the medical service.

City commissioners will talk about the issue at their next meeting on Monday night.

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  • Dee Jamacek posted at 11:15 am on Thu, Jun 19, 2014.

    Dee Jamacek Posts: 5

    Does it fly over your house?? We are worried about helicopter crashes, have you ever read on the internet about them crashing? We are not being selfish, I don't see why they cannot move it to the North Port Emergency Center on Toledo Blade. It has enough room.

  • Concerned resident posted at 10:33 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    Concerned resident Posts: 1

    Everyone should be assured that the re-location of the Bayflight EMS helicopter is in the best interests of all the residents of North Port. No reduction in response times will be evident for the vast majority of transports and the city of North Port will be served just as effectively, but in a much safer fashion than at the current location.

  • Cheri SoVery posted at 1:56 pm on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    Cheri SoVery Posts: 1

    residents who have complained should be very ashamed of their selfishness... this is a VITAL asset to our community. How terrible to complain about a life saving effort like this in our own back yard. ... just terrible.