Monday, February 16, 2009

Piccolo May Be Playing A Different Tune

From the SHT on 2/14/09:

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.

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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."

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