- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts town is caught in the middle of dueling lawsuits filed by a skydiving company and the residents who want to ban it.

The Cape Cod Times reports (https://bit.ly/2o0GPWG ) that the company, Skydive Cape Cod, has accused Chatham officials of refusing to renew their lease at the town’s airport despite an order from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Residents had previously filed suit against the town seeking to bar skydiving completely. They say the arrival of the company in 2012 brought a spike in flights - and noise - at the small airport. They also questioned the company’s safety practices and said off-color shouts from skydivers could sometimes be heard on the ground.

A town official said she could not comment on pending lawsuits.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodtimes.com

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