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Paul Staten

Delaware County, OK: (Sep-25-07) The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration brought a lawsuit against Paul Staten and the Delaware County Board of Commissioners, regarding the county's decision of selling Grand Lake Regional Airport to Staten. The suit stated that Staten, who had been airport manager, acquired the airport as part of a settlement in several lawsuits he had filed against the Monkey Island Development Authority. The authority had received $1.5 million in grants to develop the airport along Grand Lake.

As part of a settlement agreement reached, Staten agreed to repay more than $800,000 in federal grants and another $600,000 in state grants. In exchange, all liens will be removed and lawsuits against all the defendants, including the county, will be dismissed. Further, the deal prohibits Staten from seeking reimbursement for the grant money from the county or any other public entity. The $1.4 million settlement will allow the private airport to remain open on Grand Lake and clear the way for development of hangar homes and a marina. [NEWS OK: AIRPORT GRANTS]

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Published on Sep-25-07


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