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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Supervisor Brian Bilbray supported the idea of studying an airport at Miramar, which was then a Naval base. Earlier today, Congressman Bilbray, R-Carlsbad, said he opposes the idea.

Why the change of heart?

Bilbray said this:

We did a full consideration of Miramar because every other option – large sites, consolidated sites – had been preempted by development. And the fact is that option was looked at, it was rejected, and the fact is, is that we turn to the fact that Lindbergh hasn’t been maximized, and anybody who reads the general plans from the port district from 20 years ago will realize that a lot of the infrastructure development that has happened in the last 20 years has not been consistent with long-term planning to maximize the resources. And the fact is that’s what’s different now is that it’s not the 50s, it’s not up for consideration and it’s part of our essential national defense.

ROB DAVIS

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