Here's one way to protest airport expansion in your backyard: climb a tree. Charlie Joyce, Jr has been hanging out in a civil war era oak tree that's too close to the Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina.
It looks like his family will end up losing the legal battle over the tree, but Charlie Jr is definitely winning the public relations war:
Tania Lamarre stopped by with a friend Thursday afternoon to offer words of encouragement, calling Joyce “an amazing man.”
“It’s just a beautiful thing,” she said.
Check out the comments from the local paper. Here's one of my favorites:
Cinnamon rolls? People get really sentimental over trees! And sweet, college-educated, 2nd generation white kids. Compare this supportive response to the reaction that AJC commenters had to College Park residents protesting airport expansion.
–Eye B Talking
I would think that airplane noise would be an improvement over gunfire and rap music.
Are you kidding me??? Residents who choose to live near an airport are complaining about the noise? huh???
The airport brings in money to ATL... the residents of that area only take money from ATL. Let those bottom feeders drown in the cesspool of their poor choices. First the school system falls apart and it's someone else's fault, now they want to cry about the airport?
Clearly, we should be treehugging instead of attending public hearings.