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Enjoy the Silence: Santa Monica Airport Closing Temporarily

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Runway maintenance scheduled for this week means that the Santa Monica Municipal Airport is closing down for four days, starting tonight at 9 p.m., according to abc7. Flights in and out of the facility will resume Friday, September 24th at 7 a.m.The quiet week is already being met with praise from neighbors who have long complained about the noise and air pollution, as well as having concerns about the safety of having such a heavily trafficked airport near so many residences.

Monday night there will be a "vigil" held at 5 p.m. in Venice at the corner of Lincoln and Rose, reports cbs2. The event is being organized by “Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution," whose co-founder, Martin Rubin, hopes neighbors will join in to "celebrate the peace that is possible when we’re free of airport pollution and noise."