USA Today 2/10/08
Local tourism officials are proposing a name change for John Wayne Airport, which provides the only commercial air service in Orange County. They'd prefer Orange County/John Wayne Airport.
Gary Sherwin of Orange County Tourism Council says the current name is "very confusing" for travelers because it doesn't refer to a destination.
"We don't want to take his name off the airport, but we do want clarity," Sherwin says.
Tourism officials are meeting with members of the Wayne family this week and hope to get approval from the county board of supervisors this year, Sherwin says.
The airport was originally named Orange County Airport, but local political leaders renamed it when the actor, a longtime county resident, died in 1979.
Orange County has been enjoying a national spotlight brought on by TV shows such as The OC, Laguna Beach and The Real Housewives of Orange County. The shows feature the county's beaches, surfing culture and balmy weather.
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