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A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama – By Air

August 5, 2011

Tampasphere has stated quite clearly that our local, public economic engine leaders, like the Port Director and the Airport Director, should be required to state clearly their vision for developing and growing their engine.  They are public employees and in their care are public assets.

Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the Port Director – especially regarding the Panama Canal expansion, but today the Tribune published an interview with the Airport Director, who has been very active and open about what he would like to do.

While he does not state all the details of his vision, he clearly lays out his vision.  Moreover, with the success of the expanded British Airways service to London and AirTran and Jet Blue service to San Juan, it would seem that, even in this economy, his vision makes sense and can serve as a catalyst to other areas of the economy.  We also like that he is not hiding behind the economy – sure it is a problem, but his job is to work around it and plan for the future.

Credit should be given where due, and, based on his performance to date, forward-looking vision, and honesty in what that will require, we give the Airport Director a lot of credit.  Hopefully, other local leaders will emulate his example.

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