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Airport grant changes hands
The Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority will assume responsibility of a $500,000 grant to replace the 60-year-old fire suppression system at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport.

The decision follows the resignation of Glynn County Airport Commission Executive Director Steve Brian and three airport commissioners earlier this month.

Several of the six remaining airport commissioners have expressed uncertainty about the future of grant-dependent projects if those awarding the money lose faith in the administration of the airport.

Other grant projects include fencing and a multimillion dollar runway rehabilitation.

"The reality is this is a time- sensitive project," said Nathan Sparks, executive director of the development authority. "The project has to be completed by April 2014, a little more than a year from now."

The authority was a co-applicant of the One Georgia Authority grant, and Sparks said he expects it to be a seamless transition.

"We want to keep the process going," said airport executive director Brian, whose last day will be April 15, at the Monday development authority meeting.

Improvements to the fire suppression system include rehabilitating the pump house and associated water lines.

Brian expressed gratitude at the development authority meeting, the last he will attend as director of the airport, for the authority's participation in airport projects.

Sparks lauded Brian's accomplishments.

"Your impact will be felt for hopefully many years," Sparks said.

Brian will remain involved in the projects as a paid consultant.

* Reporter Nikki Wiley writes about government, business and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 321.

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