Charles Zunk, chairman of the Airport Authority, said up to this point, they have served as an advisory group to the city -- similar to a park board.
Now, expansion of the airport is key to the economic growth of Fairhope and south Baldwin County, Zunk
"It's really a question of flexibility," Zunk
said."It becomes a lot more sensible to have a stand-alone authority." Zunk
said the authority will continue to work in concert with the city, but not be controlled by it.
The $8.8 million comes from a 2007 bond issue, and the authority will use the majority of that money to purchase about 250 acres of undeveloped land near the airport. Zunk
said immediate use of the land would be for public-use improvements -- hangars and eventually a new terminal.The upgrades to the facility will hopefully attract new businesses to the airport area, Zunk