City of Charlotte

Science & Environment
7:33 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

City Aims To Make Charlotte Airport A Big Player In Solar Energy Production

The city's largest solar project to date, 250 kW, rests on top of the CLT Center.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

When you look out the airplane window as you fly into Charlotte, the trees thin, the Uptown skyline rises into view, and the buildings of West Charlotte grow larger, as your plane drops altitude. The City of Charlotte hopes to add solar panels glinting across the airport’s parking lots and in-between the runways to that view. The city is soliciting bids for an ambitious solar project at the airport.

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4:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Court Punts Charlotte Airport Decision Back To Feds

Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains under city control until the FAA decides otherwise.
Credit Julie Rose

  Still more punting going on in the fight for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport: A Superior Court judge today refused to weigh-in on questions posed by federal regulators about the nature of the commission lawmakers created to run the airport. 

As Judge Robert Ervin put it in court today: Why does the Federal Aviation Administration care what "some fool judge" thinks? "Because there's nothing to keep the FAA from looking at any declaration this court makes and saying, 'So what?'"  

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8:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Judge To Hear More Airport Arguments Friday

"The nature of the beast" is the question for Judge Robert Ervin, who will hear arguments about Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday in a Mecklenburg County courtroom.


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1:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

$800K Renovation Set For Belk Theater Ladies Room

The ladies' room at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater is slated to double in size with an $800,000 renovation.
Credit blumenthalarts.org

  Theater-going ladies will rejoice at an $800,000 restroom renovation on the city council's agenda Monday night.


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9:25 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Says Airport Books Inaccurate, Incomplete

Former aviation director Jerry Orr (r) and his attorney Richard Vinroot respond to a city audit that alleges 'inaccuracies' in airport documents.
Credit Julie Rose

An audit by the city of Charlotte has turned up a number of missing, incomplete or inaccurate documents on the airport's books that may pose a problem for federal aviation authorities. The findings are part of a series of ongoing audits into airport operations spurred by the city's fight to keep control of Charlotte Douglas International.


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11:51 am
Thu September 26, 2013

FAA Says CLT Stays With City Until Lawsuit Is Resolved

Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann talks to reporters about the FAA's decision on Thursday.
Credit Julie Rose

Both sides of the Charlotte airport power struggle are cheering a move by the FAA to essentially punt the issue back to the courts. That means, for now, the airport stays under the city's control.

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10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.

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10:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

City Council Opposes CLT Commission, Appoints Members Anyway

Four Charlotte residents have been appointed by the city council to serve on a commission formed to govern Charlotte Douglas International Airport. However, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon was clear the council only made its appointments to "fulfill the letter of the law" which includes an October 1 deadline for appointing commission members.

In reality, the city hopes the commission will never have a role at the airport.

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8:41 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Smartphone Ride Services Like Lyft, UberX Steer Around Regulations

Lyft drivers strap fluffy pink mustaches to their cars for identification.
Julie Rose

Two new ways to get around town have landed in Charlotte: they let you skirt traditional taxi and limo options and summon a ride through your smart phone.

The companies themselves are skirting Charlotte ordinances that govern vehicles for hire, as they have in most cities where they operate. But in North Carolina, they first slipped a new law through the state legislature that means Charlotte may not have any authority to regulate them.


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5:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Charlotte Airport Battle Drags On As FAA Deliberates

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot is the attorney representing former airport director Jerry Orr and the embattled commission created by state lawmakers to run the airport.
Credit Julie Rose

Federal regulators are refusing to deal directly with former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and the commission state lawmakers appointed him to lead. That's according to the commission's attorney, Richard Vinroot, who says the FAA has also made clear that its decision regarding the airport's governance will not be "expedited." 


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