New airports director wants to stimulate growth at Bob Sikes

Sunil Harman

Sunil Harman

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 14:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County's newly hired airports director, Sunil Harman, wants to encourage growth around the region's longest runway, which currently is "sleepy,” he says.

Three intersecting necessities will help Bob Sikes Airport grow, he says.

First is having a vision for the airport. Second is for local leaders to articulate that vision to the community.

"The third most important thing is there has to be a political will to do it," Harman said during the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Airport Committee’s Aug. 22 meeting. "When those three things converge, you have successful program."

City, county and business community representatives, and airport tenants who attended the meeting agreed that providing better access to the airport is essential for growth.

More access needed

"We may have mentioned a time or two about the roads around here," chamber of commerce President Dennis Mitchell said, evoking laughter because poor airport access is an ongoing, frequently discussed concern.



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