The airport agreement now being negotiated does not fairly protect Newport Beach residents.
A binding agreement to end the controversy and lawsuits over the expansion of John Wayne Airport is a desirable objective-- if it is fair to all concerned.
Let's look at one provision--but a major and unacceptable one. The agreement would mandate a terminal of not less than 360,000 square feet. The present terminal is admittedly inadequate, but it is now handling 55 flights a day. Do we really need a terminal 10 times that size?
A final question and the basic one: Once having invested in a massive, expensive terminal, will an additional airport really be built here in the county? Such an additional airport with its own terminal is Newport Beach's only salvation.
DONALD A. STRAUSS
Donald Strauss is a councilman in Newport Beach