Over the past several years, members of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources have questioned Ross Smith of the Department of Transportation’s Airports Division about some of his requests for board approval of direct leases.
Why, they wondered, wasn’t the department holding a public auction, instead, to be fair to potential bidders and perhaps get a higher rent for the state?
Smith would often claim the request was in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. But that answer never really satisfied the board.
Finally, a request earlier . . .
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