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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Several Marion County residents share thoughts on commercial flights to Ocala International Airport

Several Marion County residents recently weighed in on the topic of bringing commercial flights to Ocala International Airport.

“My husband and I just moved here from Santa Rosa, California. Coming from Santa Rosa, it gave me first-hand experience of a city that had an airport that turned to having commercial flights in the 30-plus years that I lived there. There was much protest and years of squabbling in obtaining commercial flights at the airport. I owned a home in the flight paths of the airport and never had issues with the noise. It never changed my property values. I sold my home at a premium with $70,000 over asking. We now fly back to California every six weeks for business and fly right into Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), and it’s wonderful to be able to do this. Ocala reminds me so much of the way Santa Rosa used to be 20 years ago. I believe having airport access available would just make it even more wonderful of a place to live for everyone. This is coming from first-hand experience of a small town progressing in a positive way,” says Ocala resident Maria Shahi.

“Ocala is a lovely, growing town. Marion County has incentivized businesses to move here. Doing this has boosted job growth and visibility to the area. Providing commercial air travel to and from the airport is reasonable given the growth that is happening and will continue to happen. It is a responsible answer to the demands of such growth. The key, as with all such ventures, requires proper planning in the build-out of the property and surrounding areas, as well as road access to and from the airport. Proper planning and management for such change should limit problems for this type of growth. Doing it sooner, rather than later, would be the best case scenario. Growth is inevitable given the people and businesses moving to our area of Florida,” says Annette Lennox, Anthony resident.

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