Commissioners delay vote on Immokalee airport access plan

Collier County commissioners delayed a vote on the ground vehicle access plan for the Immokalee Regional Airport by a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Fred Coyle and Jim Coletta dissented.

The decision came after tenants, commissioners and community members expressed concern that the plan was flawed and needed further study. Fletcher’s Flying Service owner Steve Fletcher told commissioners the plan would make it harder for him to operate, while Immokalee resident Pam Brown said the restrictions were too stringent for a rural airport.

District 5 commission candidate Tim Nance said he thought the problems stemmed from management problems and said the commissioners needed to address the management problems before adding new regulations at the airport.

But Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Curry said the plan, which has been in the works for six months, is in line with other airports and is needed to help security issues at the airport.

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