Bay County and Okaloosa County airports fight for traffic

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Leaders in a Panhandle county are accusing officials in a nearby county of spreading rumors to weaken their airport business.

Okaloosa commissioners voted Tuesday night to consider suing the Panama City-Bay County International Airport for slanderous attacks.

The Okaloosa officials also questioned a Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce e-mail that claimed the Air Force would end a lease for the Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Fort Walton Beach in 2010. The lease was renewed through 2032.

Bay County has not responded the Okaloosa commissioners' accusations. The new Panama City airport is scheduled to open next

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