FREDERICK, Maryland (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday told 149 regional airports across the country it would begin closing their air traffic control towers in April, but said it would spare another 40 towers that had been on the chopping block.
The agency said the cuts are necessary to help meet $637 million in forced spending cuts.
Boca Raton and Witham Field in Stuart are among the 149 on the list. So are 12 other Florida airports.The tower closures will begin April 7 and will be phased in over four weeks, FAA Chief Operating Officer David Grizzle said in a memo obtained by CNN. Some towers were spared after the FAA considered appeals from towers, and consulted with the departments of defense and homeland security.
Wptv.com contributed to this report.
Closure list: http://www.faa.gov/news/media/fct_closed.pdf
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