St. Marys skydiving company refuses to close down

Navy, airport authority want business gone

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ST. MARYS, Ga. - Although the St. Marys Airport Authority voted to revoke the permit of The Jumping Place to operate its skydiving flights and the U.S. Navy wants the company to leave the area, it doesn't plan to shut down.

The business and the airport had an ongoing dispute, which came to a head when two skydivers went off course and landed restricted property on neighboring Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay earlier this month.

The Florida Times-Union reported that base commander on Monday called for the relocation of the entire airport where The Jumping Place skydiving business is based.

In spite of the fact that the airport authority revoked the company's operating permit and posted trespass warnings, the company took off with dozens of skydivers Saturday. Four received warnings from police and five were cited.

Two Jumping Place instructors were among those cited.

Owners of the business say they tell skydivers to never land on the submarine base and tells Channel 4 that without due process, she'll continue to operate her business.

Both sides are now awaiting guidance from the Federal Aviation Authority.

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