FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward County Commission has stepped in to keep the control tower at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines open.

Scheduled to shut down this weekend due budget cuts from the federal sequester, the commission voted Tuesday to spend $43,000 a month plus another $5,000 for insurance to keep the tower in operation for nine hours a day during peak operating times through September 2013.

North Perry Airport is the designated general aviation reliever airport for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and has four intersecting runways, as well as 365 aircraft based at the airport.

The 511 acre airport has 118 hangars hangers and more than 200 tie down spaces.

Last year, there were more than 130,000 take offs and landings, half of those were attributed to flight training activities of five flight schools.


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