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Editorial: County must be transparent

Published:   |   Updated: June 19, 2013 at 02:22 AM

Issue: Lease of the vacant Brooksville Air Center.

Our opinion: County commissioners need to ensure transparency of the selection process and follow through with recommendation.

There doesn't seem to be a situation that comes before the county commission that is clear, concise and straightforward, that is made easy for the residents of the county to understand.

The recent machinations that surround the vacant Brooksville Air Center are a case in point. What should be a positive action for the vacant building has turned into the usual convoluted government brouhaha.

The process involving the potential lease is being challenged after one of the respondents, American Aviation, the present fixed-base operator at the airport, withdrew and stated it will lodge a complaint to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding "airport minimum standards and airport sponsor assurances."

Then American Aviation wrote to county commissioners it would forego the complaint if the company is allowed to buy the facility.

Hernando Today reporter Michael Bates has published stories on this saga as it has been unfolding. However, the salient point here is not the back and forth rhetoric but the fact that this is not the leasing of the Florida Capitol building but a rather innocuous building at the county airport that should be accomplished in a businesslike manner.

What is important here is that county commissioners learn how to conduct the public's business in a transparent, efficient manner that allows the public to follow along without it turning into a political scrum that gives cause for people to wonder what exactly is going on.

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