LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached the decision today, that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7th, as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.
The air traffic control towers for the Naples Municipal, Page Field and Punta Gorda airports made the list of those closing.
According to the FAA, an additional 16 federal contract towers under the "cost share" program will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year for these towers. These cost-share program funds are subject to sequestration, but the required 5 percent cut will not result in tower closures.
The Lee County Port Authority issued the following statement in response to the decision:
"The Lee County Port Authority is extremely disappointed that Page Field remained on the FAA list for closures in April, as it is an essential part of the air transportation system in Southwest Florida. Page Field’s Air Traffic Control Tower enhances the safe and orderly flow of general and commercial aviation into and out of our region. We anticipate working with FAA for a smooth transition for continued safe operations at Page Field."
Click here to see the complete list of closures.