Airport CEO is looking elsewhere
MANATEE COUNTY -- Frederick "Rick" Piccolo, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport's president and chief executive officer, has interviewed for the top job at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Covington, Ky. "All is I can do is confirm that I have been interviewed and hopefully the process will be concluded in the next couple of weeks," Piccolo said Friday. The Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority has scheduled an emergency meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. to discuss Piccolo's potential departure.Piccolo has been under increasing pressure to resign his post, due to his decision last year to proceed with the controversial new runway installation at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
Cited as a cost savings measure, the runway intersection with Rt. 41 didn't "pose a serious problem until season started and the traffic increased," said the embattled Piccolo. "Two months from now, the North Trail will be a ghost town again and nobody will care."Piccolo thinks he has a good chance of snagging the job at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport. "They liked what I did here with the 'runway crossing the road' idea and wanted to know what innovations I could bring to Cincinnati," he said. "Noting that the airport was close to the Ohio River, I suggested consulting with hero airline pilot, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, to look at whether a water runway might work there."