State Representative Proposes Airport Authority and Meets Opposition

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda wants to set up an airport authority for the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she would like to see the airport reach its full potential for economic growth, and that an airport authority may help with bringing more flights at a cheaper rate.

But City Commissioner Gil Ziffer says an airport authority would just add another level of bureaucracy and another level of cost.

"We need an airport that is really robust and maximizes its full potential and I think there have been moves to do that, but I also think that there may need to be some other pieces of the solution," said Rehwinkel Vasilinda.

"At the last city retreat, the city designated the airport as a top priority for the year 2011 with regards to potential economic development opportunities," said Mayor John Marks.

Mayor Marks says the city does not control travel rates, and already has an airport advisory committee designed to do the same things Vasilinda says an airport authority might do.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she would like to have a town meeting to get community feedback on the proposal.

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