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(Updates at the bottom.)
Remember how Austin-based contractor Austin Commercial LP was selected to execute a planned $150 million revamp of the Charleston International Airport?
An Atlanta firm with Charleston partners has filed a protest for re-award, saying that rules were broken and the award process was flawed.
A board member has close ties to the Austin firm, a situation that was not publicly disclosed earlier, and the Atlanta firm alleges gave the Austin firm unfair insider knowledge.
Update May 1: The $150 million contract still has yet to be signed by the Charleston County Aviation Authority, but the authority is expected to sign soon — at which point a protest over a conflict of interest by the now-resigned board member Joey Jefferson is expect to be refiled.
I'll point you to The Post and Courier for the turn-of-the-wheel update.