VERO BEACH —
An entrepreneur who expressed interest in starting a commuter airline service at Vero Beach Municipal Airport said he is walking away from the idea because of a lack of investors.
In early June, Vincent Kish speculated the organization he called Sky Florida could begin taking reservations as early as October for a limited number of flights expected to start by the Christmas holiday season.
But first he said he would have to attract investors to pay for the start-up operation. Kish estimated about $3 million in start-up cost and $3 million in reserve would be needed.
“It’s far from a done deal,” said Vero Beach Airport Director Eric Menger in an early June email to a potential investor asking about Kish’s idea. “Sky Florida is a start-up looking for investors.”
By the end of that month, it already looked like that idea might never leave the runway.
In a June 29 correspondence with Menger, Kish said his number of potential investors had gone from three to “a shaky one.”
“We lost a group (June 28) on the premise of the leaks that have got out already,” wrote Kish, as he expressed concern about public disclosure of documents such as his business plan he had given to the city.
That correspondence was different in tone than a June 19 e-mail where Kish
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