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Fort Lauderdale Opts for Pittsburgh Director

The untidy search for a new director for Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) may have just gotten the sweep it has needed to move the airport forward. Kent George, director of Pittsburgh International (PIT) for the past nine years, has accepted the Broward County Administrator’s offer to become FLL’s next director. According to George, he accepted the job yesterday, an auspicious date for him– his 38th wedding anniversary.

“There’s a tremendous opportunity at Ft. Lauderdale. I consider myself lucky to be considered for this job,” George told ARN. “They’ve had a lot of growth, are facing a very large capital program and there are a lot of things that can be done down there.” As for the politics that seemed to surround the process, George appears impervious. “I believe they have a willing county commission and very clearly the county administrator and deputy county administrator want to move forward. The Broward County Commissioners is expected to confirm George’s appointment on August 28th. “I’m optimistic, if they don’t hire me, who are they going to hire?”