Friday, January 19, 2018
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TIA board accepts settlement on Brooksville airport name

TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority governing board voted unanimously Friday to settle its federal lawsuit with Hernando County in a trademark dispute over the name of that county's airport.

Hernando had changed the name of the old Hernando County Airport to Brooksville Tampa Regional Airport.

That prompted the Tampa Airport board to file suit to protect its federal trademarks. Tampa International Airport applied for the trademarks "Tampa" and "airport" before Hernando made its name change but wasn't awarded the trademarks until after it filed suit against Hernando County.

Both sides engaged in legal sabre-rattling, then court-ordered mediation which led to a settlement in which Hernando changed the airport's name to Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport. The County Commission voted earlier this week to accept the terms of a settlement.

The Hillsborough Aviation Authority did likewise on Friday when it voted to accept the settlement. First it met in a closed session to discuss the litigation then took a public vote to end litigation.

"At the end of the day I think this is a win-win for the marketing of our brand," said Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano.

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