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san dieGo, CaliF.

Floating an Idea
The dogfights between Maverick and         “you-float-tee-ah”) four runways would         eliminated this site for operational,
Iceman don’t begin to compare to           annually accommodate 25 million pas-           technological, environmental and
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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                                                  Fun With the Census                                    MiaMi, Fla.

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