Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New JAA Chair Waiting in Wings; Brother of Jaguars Owner Likely to Be Considered Monday; Authority Also Planning Super Bowl Party

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New JAA Chair Waiting in Wings; Brother of Jaguars Owner Likely to Be Considered Monday; Authority Also Planning Super Bowl Party

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Byline: CHRISTOPHER CALNAN, The Times-Union

The Jacksonville Airport Authority nominated Thursday Ron Weaver, the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, as its new chairman after Ron Weaver said he was mainly interested in the position so he can serve during the Super Bowl.

Weaver said he wanted to be chairman so he could ensure that the airports run smoothly during the event, thereby guarding his brother's name, who lobbied the NFL to let Jacksonville host the Super Bowl.

"I have a vested interest to make sure everything goes well," Ron Weaver said after a board nominating committee meeting. "He put his reputation on the line with the other [NFL] owners, and I feel I owe that to him."

Weaver's chairmanship, if approved by the larger board on Monday, would begin next month. The Super Bowl will be in February 2005.

"My intention is primarily to be chairman when the Super Bowl is here," Weaver told the four-person committee. "I'm more interested now to be chairman than I will be after" the event.

Weaver would succeed Chairman Jim McCollum, a Jacksonville-based BellSouth executive.

The committee briefly discussed whether keeping McCollum as chairman during the Super Bowl would be better to maintain continuity. But it then agreed that such a move would also set a precedent for chairmen serving more than one year.

Later in the day, McCollum said he would have stayed on as chairman if asked, but said Weaver was a good choice.

"There are pros and cons to continuity," McCollum said, "but there are pros and cons to change."

Weaver said the Super Bowl wasn't the initial reason he joined the JAA board in 2002.

Weaver and his family won't be the only connection between the Airport Authority and the Super Bowl.

The authority later Thursday said it is developing plans for an estimated $400,000 Super Bowl bash at Craig Airport.

"We want to take full advantage of what the Super Bowl brings in terms of business opportunities," said John Clark, the authority's executive director. He said all proceeds from the event -- for 3,000 to 4,000 guests -- will go to an as-of-yet undecided charity. …

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