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7/09/2016

SEAPLANE LANDING IN EVERGLADES CITY
The Collier County Airport Authority has agreed to pursue a study of the feasibility of establishing a seaplane landing area and ramp at the Everglades Airpark.  

The preferred sea lane location and alignment (for takeoff and landing) has been determined to be in Chokoloskee Bay west of and parallel to the existing paved landside runway. Much of the surrounding airspace is already protected as a result of the existing hard surfaced runway. 

Placement of sea lane marker buoys would require additional approvals from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and might require a submerged lands lease from the State of Florida. Sea lane markers require periodic maintenance as well as United States Coast Guard approval prior to installation.
Therefore, given the presence of nautical traffic in the bay, regulatory and maintenance considerations, a marked sea lane is not a recommended option in this case.

Due the uniqueness of the location, additional effort will be required to determine the actual or potential environmental impact and mitigating these impacts. 

Mayor Sammy Hamilton has appointed Mike Klein, former chairman of the Collier County Airport Authority, to represent the City in monitoring and reporting to him on progress of this endeavor. 
For further information you can contact Mike at nfn19842@naples.net.