Instead, an anti-marketing effort has gathered momentum in Paulding County. In 2015, anti-marketing residents were elected to the county commission. They passed a resolution opposing commercial passenger service at Paulding Airport and brought a lawsuit against the airport authority to challenge the marketing effort, one of many lawsuits surrounding the proposed expansion of the airport.
Relations between the airport authority and the Silver Comet companies have deteriorated. Little development happened, and they ended up arguing for the deal.
At the end of 2018, the airport authority exercised a right it had in the agreements to terminate the lease and the land contract.
The two sides ended up in a four-day drag in the US District Court in Rome. While Silver Comet argued that the dispute between the county and the airport authority gave Paulding a reputation as “the county that sued itself” and made it difficult to market the airport, the judge wrote that ‘It was always reasonable for the airport authority to terminate the contract because the marketing was “neither reasonable nor sufficient”.
The judge also ruled that the airport authority had the right to terminate the terminal’s lease because air service never started in Paulding County and Silver Comet did not lease the entire terminal as planned. in the agreement.