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Airport lands $45 million for upgrades

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FORT MYERS — Federal and state government will provide $45 million for a new control tower and radar at Southwest Florida International Airport.

The Lee County Port Authority says it has secured $22.8 million from the Florida Department of Transportation and another $22 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for the project.

“LCPA is very pleased by the endorsement from our airlines, funding from FDOT and the FAA's [passenger facility charges] approval to move forward on construction of the new control tower at Southwest Florida International Airport, truly the linchpin for progress and growth” for the region, says Robert Ball, executive director of the Lee County Port Authority, in a statement.

The new tower will measure 215 feet, nearly twice as tall as the current one. It will double in size to 17,000 square feet to accommodate additional staff. The five-year project is part of a plan to add a second runway at Southwest Florida International Airport.

“The parallel runway has been the board's vision and part of the airport's master plan since the early 1990s and each piece of the project gets us one step closer to it becoming a reality,” says Ball in the statement.


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