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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:17:31PM

Bayflite to keep flying

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Scott Wyant, program director of Bayflite, addresses questions from city commissioners Monday before numerous residents dressed in red shirts spoke in protest of having the helicopter fly over their homes. Others dressed in blue shirts were for keeping the life-saving service in North Port.

By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — City commissioners decided Monday to retain their relationship with Bayflite helicopter service, voting 3-2 to not opt out of the contract that held a provision for the two parties to separate without penalty following a 60-day written notice.

The move comes after dozens of citizens, clad in red shirts, turned out to denounce the placement of the Bayflite helicopter, which is currently stationed at North Port City Hall off Sumter Boulevard and utilizes flight paths over the Heron Creek community and other residential neighborhoods while transporting patients to area hospitals.

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