The Newport City Council Tuesday appeared to be resigned to just let SeaPort Air fade off into the blue like a bad memory as they decided not to try to collect over $600 in back rent that councilors claim SeaPort owes. They say SeaPort just up and left. It didn’t give the previously agreed to 30 day notice which would have cancelled the debt. SeaPort disagrees claiming that by stating in a letter that “we may leave by July 15th” is the same as ‘we will leave July 15th.’ The council said “may” doesn’t mean “shall” or “will.”
City Councilor David Allen said it’s possible the city could get it’s $600 by taking SeaPort to small claims court. He said, “All you have to do is fill out a half page piece of paper, walk across 101 to the courthouse and get a judgement from the court.” Others on the council, however, weren’t biting, not that Councilor Allen was expecting them to. Mayor McConnell said it was time to move on but that if anyone calls Newport wanting information or A recommendation on behalf of SeaPort, the city will tell them of the black eye the airline gave the city despite the city bending over backwards with big cost breaks for SeaPort’s operations at Newport Airport, give away prices for office and terminal space and cheap gas for its planes.
Meanwhile, a Boise International Airport official told NewsLincolnCounty.com that SeaPort’s brand new flight schedules in and out of Boise and Idaho Falls, with connector flights to Pendleton and Seattle seem to be working for them.