now, and that doesn't count sub-leases, according to JAA records.
Revenues have grown apace. The authority estimates $75.7 million in total revenue this year compared to $49.7 million in 2002.
"I've heard the critics, but we've grown tremendously," Aikens said.
Delaney, now the president of the University of North Florida, said both the airport and seaports have enjoyed the growth they have because they went their separate ways.
But Delaney said few even remember the debate. In fact, it's not something he even thinks about unless he's getting on or off a plane at JIA.
Aviation agencies and companies also don't seem to care about the debate.
Spokespersons for the Federal Aviation Administration and Air Transport Association said their only concern is that airports adhere to federal regulations and good business practices.
Delaney noted there are plenty of airports around the country that are still parts of combined authorities.
"The split is in that category of government running more efficiently," he said. But "it wouldn't have been the end of the world for the city if it hadn't happened."
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