NAPLES, Fla. - Leaders hope a new customs terminal will help international business take off.
"Anything we can do to make executives feel good about coming here and convenience is very very important," said Michael Reagen, President and CEO of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Important because bringing in more executives will bring in more tourism, more companies, and more homebuyers.
"We have room for people to move here and live here and do business here, said realtor Terese DeLuca with Prudential Florida Realty.
Right now, all international flights into Naples have to stop to check in with customs, usually in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. But, this new $1.6 million facility will allow them to fly into Naples directly. The facility is being paid for with airport revenue.
"We have upper end clients on airport that go international a lot," said Ted Soliday, Executive Director at Naples Municipal Airport.
Some nearby residents are concerned the new customs terminal will attract drug smugglers or terrorists, but Soliday couldn't disagree more.
"If anything they're putting two more officers on airport, so its much more safe," said Soliday.
The new terminal is scheduled to be open and operational in December.