Okaloosa to file suit against Vision Airlines this week

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Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM.

SHALIMAR -- An attorney representing Okaloosa County plans to file a lawsuit later this week against Vision Airlines to recoup more than $146,000 in unpaid fees.

Last month, the Okaloosa County Commission voted to sue Vision Airlines if the discount carrier did not pay its debt, or at least develop a new payment schedule, before the end of the year.

“Disappointingly, we did not receive payment or a confirmed payment plan by Vision Airlines by the December 31, 2012, deadline,” Okaloosa County’s airports director Greg Donovan wrote in an email. “There was some phone conversations between our finance manager and their CFO just prior to the deadline but no actionable effort on their part.

“So, as directed by the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, it is now in the hands of our attorneys, who will be filing suit this week.”

Vision Airlines is delinquent in paying $146,974 to the airport. The vast majority of that is $117,660 in unpaid passenger facility charges. The other $29,313 comes from unpaid utilities, rent and fuel for its ground servicing equipment, as well as late fees.

View Vision's operating agreement with Okaloosa County.

Harry Chiles, an attorney with the Tallahassee law firm of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, said Vision Airlines will have 20 days to file a response to the lawsuit after they are served paperwork.

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