Members of the Valley Aerospace Team say they are seeking justice in their case against the county and ultimately the right to go back to their home base to continue their rocketry.Video: Rocket Club Launches Court Case.
A snow covered 500-acre Croft Field in Swoope, near Staunton, had been home to the team until July. That is when the board of zoning appeals required the club to get a special use permit to continue lifting off. The club applied but the board denied the permit in September.
Club members say they have never had noise complaints and do not understand why the county is bringing their rockets to a standstill.
"It's just a hobby," said club President Chuck Neff. "We got together once a month in the middle of a farm field, a 500 acre farm field. The closest house, and there's only one, is 1800 feet away."
"This is a group of people, principally scientists that are aiding young children to become interested in the area of science," added the club's attorney Francis Chester. "And for the county of Augusta to reject their application, I think is ludicrous."
Chester believes the county's decision was based on politics and he is hoping the club will soon be able to use the field freely without restriction.
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