(TBO.com) - At first, U.S. Rep. David Jolly was prepared to fight the move of 23 Black Hawk helicopters from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport to MacDill Air Force Base.
Then he learned to stop worrying and love the scenario.
That’s because, working with the head of U.S. Army Reserve, Jolly has ensured there will be good economic news for both sides of the bay even at a time of dwindling defense dollars.
MacDill will get the helicopters, the Pinellas airport will get Army Reserve fixed-wing aircraft and the attending crew and staff, and those helicopter crews and support personnel who were living in his district likely won’t need to move.
“It’s a win-win,” Jolly said.
Initially, Jolly was concerned that moving the Black Hawks to Pinellas, first reported by The Tribune in August, would be fiscally detrimental to Pinellas.
But as he looked into the issue, Jolly said he learned there were several problems with housing the helicopters, brought in by his predecessor and former boss, C.W. Bill Young, at the airport.
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