LAWRENCEVILLE -- Days before a citizens review panel begins to meet to review Gwinnett's airport privatization proposal, a group is calling for the ouster of one of its members.
On Friday, members of Fly Gwinnett Forward -- a group supporting commercialization of Briscoe Field -- said they wanted Jim Regan removed from the board.
Regan has openly campaigned against the airport proposal, along with three of the other members of the task force. But Fly Gwinnett Forward members objected when he reposted a Facebook message calling for a protest of the pro-commercialization group's sponsorship of a GOP breakfast.
Regan said at least one task force member appears to be on Fly Gwinnett Forward's side, so he should be allowed to continue to spread word about opposition.
"My intention was purely to notify people," he said, adding that he did not plan to attend Saturday's breakfast. "I don't see anything wrong with that."
But Paula Hastings of FGF said Regan has spread disinformation, linking her citizens group to a company that proposed passenger service at the airport.
"It doesn't give a fair chance to have a true fair process," she said.
The meeting, scheduled at the county airport offices to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, which is Election Day, is expected to be mostly organizational, with the nine members selecting a chairman and regular meeting date. An introduction to the airport and the privatization process is also expected.
Last month, commissioners voted to officially reject qualifications submitted previously to the board. Instead, they are opening the request for proposals process to more companies, asking for privatization of the airport as a general aviation operation but also a long-term vision that could allow commercial flights.
The citizens group, which was officially formed last month, is expected to oversee that process.
Board members include: Gaye McNeil, Steve Ramey, Terry Britt, Nickie Summers, Mary Jane Polizzotto, Woody Woodruff, Jeff Timler, Gary Custar, Tony Powell, Regan and Tip Cape.