No one knows how long the county will stand behind Plan B before trashing that one, too. What airport activists, county officials and sources close to the planning process do know is that eventually, the county will have to admit what they've known all along: John Wayne Airport must close, and the runways at El Toro have to go.
Slowly but methodically, the evolution has been taking place. The next step, of course, is to rebuild El Toro's runways. After a few more years of studies and a few more million dollars are spent on planning, officials will begin mentioning the unmentionable-that El Toro's runways are useless and John Wayne Airport will close.
And when they do, we'll be there. Look for it in El Toro Airport Watch No. 253.
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