ST. MARY'S, Ga. (AP) - An airport authority board in coastal Georgia has voted to move ahead with an improvement project despite objections from the U.S. Navy. Members voted Wednesday to erect a security fence around the facility after runway lighting systems were vandalized three times.
Authority board member Frank Drane says the group has to do more to keep the facility safe while Navy officials say they want to authority to move the airport away from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Officials say the airport has posed security and safety threats to the base since before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Authority member Frank Frasca says uncertainty over the airport's future has prevented officials from attracting new tenants.