As much of a dream as it may be, Imperial County officials should be aggressive in trying to attract a cargo airport to the Imperial Valley. Aggressive means following through with all the steps necessary to make the cargo airport project a reality.
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors appears as if it is being aggressive. The board has approved paying for 50 percent of the cost of a marketing study — a pre-step to a more expensive feasibility study — for the project.
The board has said it will cover half the cost with the idea that the Imperial Irrigation District would cover the remaining portion. The total cost of the study is about $85,000. The IID board is expected to discuss the issue in coming weeks.
We applaud the county board for its immediate action. Local officials must show a determination and a willingness to maintain the momentum of the effort. If we let that momentum falter, interest could wane and the project could die.