JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The World War II pilot whose name has graced a local airport for decades will continue to be honored.
The Jacksonville Airport Authority changed the name of Craig Airport to Jacksonville Executive Airport in November.
Last week, about 100 residents and a city councilman in the Arlington neighborhood near the runways of the airport took on JAA, saying the change was paving the way to extend the runways, something neighbors have long decried.
Also, according to councilman Bill Bishop, James Craig deserves to have his name on the airport. Craig, of Jacksonville, died in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
After today's decision by the JAA, Craig will live on in Arlington. The airport will now be Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport. The decision was unanimous.
Craig has long been a general aviation alternative to Jacksonville International Airport and offers two 4,000-foot runways.