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Naples Airport Authority to study move to east Collier County

Whether to keep airport where it is also will be studied; public forums will be held

J. Kyle Foster | Naples Daily News

For the second time in 30 years, the Naples Airport Authority will study whether a move from its current location is feasible.

The Airport Exploratory Study will look at possible locations in Collier County, cost and timing, along with whether maintaining the airport in its current location along the west side of Airport-Pulling Road is a possibility given community needs and future growth expectations. The Airport Authority board approved a contract Oct. 19 with consulting group Environmental Science Associates for $438,321.

“There’s a lot of reasons to consider the feasibility of a new airport,” Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Rozansky said in an interview. A major one, he said, is expansion constraints.

“We’re never going to grow in footprint any bigger than we are today,” Rozansky said. “And we’re very constrained and we have a lot of demand, tremendous demand for hangar development and aeronautical business. We have a waiting list of 100 potential customers who we currently cannot accommodate.”

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