City of Charlotte

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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

Credit Ken Lund / flickr

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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4:38 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Apartments Or Automall? Council Considers North Charlotte Plan Near Light Rail Corridor

The Arden Group is proposing a multi-dealer automall on 40-acres off I-85 near IKEA. The property is currently zoned for apartments.
Credit Julie Rose

 A complex of four or five auto dealerships is being proposed for 40 acres of land near where the new light rail will run through University City.

On Monday night, the Charlotte City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal to rezone the property, which is currently approved for apartments, not auto sales.  

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9:38 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Private Kennel Or Neighborhood Nuisance? City Seeks Compromise

Project HALO is one of about 100 nonprofit animal rescue groups the city partners with to get pets out of shelters. Neighbors complain of noise, odor and traffic. Rescue groups say they're being unfairly targeted by the city's code enforcers.
Credit projecthalo.net

Complaints from animal rescue operations – and from their neighbors – have prompted the Charlotte city manager to have staff look into the current zoning rules regarding operations known as "private kennels."


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9:33 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Cab Industry Shrinks Following Airport Taxi Changes

Since 2010, only three cab companies - Yellow, Crown and City Cab - have been allowed to wait at the airport curb for customers. Most other taxi companies in Charlotte are struggling to survive.
Julie Rose

In the two years since the Charlotte airport overhauled its taxi operations and kicked all but three companies off its curb, the city's cab industry has been transformed.

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2:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Judge: CLT Airport Stays With City Until FAA Says Otherwise

Former Charlotte airport director Jerry Orr and attorney Richard Vinroot respond to the court ruling.
Credit Julie Rose

 It's up the Federal Aviation Administration to make the next move in the ongoing struggle for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


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