Sarasota-Bradenton airport should focus on travel improvements, not land development

November 7, 2013 

BRADENTON/SARASOTA, 3/18/04--A jet comes in for landing at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.--photo by Tiffany Tompkins/d

TOMPKINS

It is almost unconscionable that the public entity that is trusted with managing and improving airline service to the residents of our communities is spending taxpayer and travelers monies in property development.

The millions of dollars already spent as well as the millions of dollars needed to develop 76 acres for commercial use would have been better used to attract additional air carriers to provide residents with better travel options as well as more competitive pricing.

If the authority has all this extra money to compete in the private arena, we need to cut funding and bring this bureaucracy back to reality.

C.L. Swanson, Jr.

SarasotaEditor's note: The airport invests in real estate to buy and develop land to protect its interests and security as well as provide a source of income, Frederick "Rick" Piccolo, president and chief executive officer of the airport, told the Herald recently. This particular land purchase will help protect the approach of Runway 22 at the airport from having homes developed there or other incompatible uses, he also stated.

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