PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- At 12 stories, the new air traffic control tower at the Charlotte County Airport is easily the tallest building in Charlotte County. The new 4 million dollar tower is slated to start operations in October. Airport Director Gary Quill says that the project is pretty much on track. "Were doing a lot of touch up, punch lists, electronic installation, but more or less substantially complete", said Quill.
But there's a catch, if Congress doesn't approve funding for the Federal Aviation Administration soon, there's a good possibility that the air traffic control operation will not get off the ground this year. According to Quill the F.A.A. is in charge of running the day to day operations of the tower. Since congress has not passed a budget for the F.A.A., they have already started scaling back their operations. "The F.A.A. will not issue a contract until the budget is straightened out hence our concern", said Quill. Which could mean no air traffic controllers for the new tower