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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 07:46 PM

Airport Privatization at 'Natural Stopping Point,' Says St. Louis Mayor Krewson

By Danny Wicentowski

Huge news on St. Louis' push for airport privatization: During a surprise guest appearance on St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU)'s St. Louis On The Air, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced that she's pulling support for the wildly convoluted and conflict-of-interest-enmeshed plan to privatize operations at Lambert airport.

During the interview, Krewson said she would direct Linda Martinez, her representative on the Airport Advisory Working Group, to vote against the next step in the process, which would involve seeking specific proposals from the private companies seeking to turn Lambert into the largest U.S. airport to embrace privatization.

Krewson called this part of the process a "fork in the road" moment and a "natural stopping point."

In a letter to the airport working group dated today, Krewson, who has long defended her support for continuing the "exploration" of privatization, wrote that she'd listened to the "serious concern" and "trepidation" from residents, business leaders and public officials.

Read more: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2019/12/20/airport-privatization-at-natural-stopping-point-says-st-louis-mayor-krewson

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