State drops grand theft charge against Vision Airlines

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM.

Vision paid an additional $43,477.94 to the county Monday.

Eddins said the charges could be refiled if Vision fails to cooperate in the TDC investigation, but added that he does not expect that to be an issue.

Vision still owes the county about $35,000 from unpaid utilities, rent and fuel for its ground servicing equipment, as well as late fees.

The county filed a lawsuit against Vision in January to get the full $146,000 the airline owed at the time. Late charges continued to accumulate after the filing.

Dino Villani, Okaloosa’s interim airports director, said the county will evaluate its options before it decides whether to go forward with its lawsuit.

“Once we do that we’ll make a determination if it will be cost effective to try to recover the rest of the money or not, depending on legal fees,” Villani said.

Eddins said the remaining money Vision owes the county is a civil matter and does not involve his office.

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