In the 1970s the elder Cecil got himself on the airport commission, under the ruse to do good for the downtown airport. He promptly called for the closing of the primary runway. This OUTRAGED the local flying community. This was the best, safest runway. It had a precision approach (a very big deal for a community airport), making it much safer for pilots to land in bad weather.
Well, Cecil got it closed, putting pilots and passengers at much greater risk. But why did he do it? Because he wanted to develop property under the approach corridor, which he did.
Never forget, for his own financial gain, Cecil put everyone who flew into SPA at greater risk. And this is the same family trying to get their hands on the McCracken property.