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The dogfights between Maverick and “you-float-tee-ah”) four runways would eliminated this site for operational,
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the battles over commercial aviation sengers, who would take water taxis or constructability issues,” says airport
in San Diego. North America’s most a series of underwater tubes to reach a spokesperson Sharie Shipley. “Our cur-
congested single-runway airport, multimodal terminal on the mainland. rent board is resolved to make the best
Lindbergh Field, occupies a thin strip “When I saw that the Airport of San Diego International Airport.”
between Interstate 5 and the Shamu Authority had not come up with a good Englund remains undeterred.
show, leaving precious little room for solution,” says attorney Adam Englund, Though Euphlotea would cost around
trifles like new gates, new runways and who leads the Euphlotea consortium, $20 billion, he estimates that without
margins for error. As the search for a “to me, that was a catalyst for a float- a new airport — floating or otherwise
replacement to Lindbergh approaches ing airport.” Less outlandish options, — the county will sacrifice five times
its fifth decade, one novel solution has including a repurposed Miramar Air that amount in lost economic activity
bobbed to the surface. Station (of Top Gun fame) and a site over three decades.
The seeming brainchild of Jules east of San Diego, were rejected in ref- “If San Diego doesn’t want to grow,
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Verne and Megatron, the Euphlotea erenda. the perfect way to handle that is not
airport would redirect San Diego’s air The San Diego County Regional having a new airport,” says Englund.
traffic to what is now a 3-square-mile Airport Authority insists that it has —Josh Stephens
patch of the Pacific Ocean several miles given Euphlotea fair consideration, but
off the coast. Euphlotea’s (pronounced wants nothing to do with it. “Analysis
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