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MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:09 pm

An article in the Orlando Business Journal last Friday has an article about Bill Jennings, Executive Director of MCO, stating that Hurricane Charley damage repairs may take at least a year to complete.

It also states that he said "one reason the airport worked so hard to get back up and running in such a short period was because Miami International Airport shut down for four days after Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area in 1992." And then to add insult to injury, the article states that he said "We felt we really couldn't afford to do that" and that "the airport is really important to this area's economy", as if MIA's staff didn't give Dade County's economy any consideration by taking four days to open the airport.

I don't know where Jennings gets his information but he should get his facts straight before he speaks to the media. Hurricane Andrew struck land in the southern portion of Dade County at 5:05am on Monday, August 24th and MIA was re-opened mid-afternoon on Tuesday, August 25th, which was ONE day, not FOUR days, after the hurricane. We had debris all over the airfield including all runways, aircraft blown around, no power in many areas, damaged jetbridges, leaking roofs, etc. Add the fact that many of our employees had either total destruction of their homes or serious damage to their homes and cars, plus the matter of most roads being blocked by downed power lines and trees. Despite all those handicaps, MIA's management and seriously reduced staff got the airport operational a day after the hurricane.

The news article is at: http://orlando.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/08/16/daily65.html

Along with MCO's heavily restricted photog and spotter access policy, this is yet another reason to seriously dislike them.  Smile

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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:22 pm

Don,

Sounds like you have a ready-made letter to the editor of the Orlando paper...
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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Informat

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:48 pm

Ah yes, that letter was fired off Saturday night. But I thought some of the readers on a.net forums would like to see first hand how history gets distorted over time. This is only 12 years after the fact, so 25 years from now some fool will tell the world that MIA was closed for a month after the hurricane and people will believe it because an airport director said so.

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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:20 pm

Don,

This is why I go to TPA and so my spotting and photos there. I have to get quick shots out of the car window here and had to spend money to get into the parking garage and try to get some kind of shot from there. Hopefully MIA is a little nicer. Going to try to get there some time in the next few weeks.



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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Informat

Mon Aug 23, 2004 11:30 pm

You'll love MIA, and FLL, and most other airports compared to MCO. I've never been hassled at MCO but that's only because I didn't get caught.
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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:42 am

Go by the Air Tran hanger area on the southwest side of MCO when aircraft are landing on the 36s. I never was hassled there
 
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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:17 am

Go by the Air Tran hanger area on the southwest side of MCO when aircraft are landing on the 36s. I never was hassled there

Pure luck my friend,...pure luck.


There's a difference between cops/security seeing you and passing by AND just not showing up.

We were out there on Sat, didn't get hassled because we guerilla shot for a little while, then the huge rainstorm got us for the rest of the day.



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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:27 am

Dave Wegman! I can't stand any of them! I hope they are reading this too!!!! MCO SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! But I can still get some good photos though:


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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Informat

Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:29 pm

This past Friday's Orlando Business Journal did not contain any correction to Airport Director Jennings' erroneous comment, despite my e-mail to the editor, so their readers will continue to believe that MIA was shut down for four days after Hurricane Andrew.

They might even believe that MCO's staff did such a great job in restoring service to MCO compared to MIA's staff. However, I have a page that sets the record straight at http://www.pbase.com/image/32900233 and Google even displays it if you type in "reopening of MIA after Hurricane Andrew."
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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Information

Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:14 pm

..and thinking how I could take pictures from inside the terminal back in the day...

Really, the guys that run the MCO authority, I'm not familiar with their names but they dont seem to be the nicest or brightest ppl around.

DB, one of the new Miami-Dade candidates for county major wants to create a Miami Airport authority. do you think that'll be a good idea? Wouldn't want to have some clueless individuals like those on MCO shutting down our spotting privileges. Specially since the one leading at the moment is an ex-cop...

This summer I got my share of photos at MCO myself, once I had to photograph from inside the car and stop in the middle of the street, oh well, thanks once again MCO for closing McCoy rd. Looks like a war zone with all those fences nowadays. I wonder if the tourists find it pretty..
 
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RE: MCO's Executive Director Gives Out BS Informat

Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:21 pm

The Mayor's position has really been weakened after it was changed to a strong mayor type of government for a few years.

The County Commission has all the real power, so it really doesn't matter who gets elected to the Mayor's position in my opinion. It would help to have a decent person in the job though.

think an airport authority would be of great benefit to MIA, for numerous reasons but keep in mind that MCO is run by an airport authority so it's not the great savior in all cases.
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