Several Marion County residents recently weighed in on the topic of bringing commercial flights to Ocala International Airport.
“My husband and I just moved here from Santa Rosa, California. Coming from Santa Rosa, it gave me first-hand experience of a city that had an airport that turned to having commercial flights in the 30-plus years that I lived there. There was much protest and years of squabbling in obtaining commercial flights at the airport. I owned a home in the flight paths of the airport and never had issues with the noise. It never changed my property values. I sold my home at a premium with $70,000 over asking. We now fly back to California every six weeks for business and fly right into Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), and it’s wonderful to be able to do this. Ocala reminds me so much of the way Santa Rosa used to be 20 years ago. I believe having airport access available would just make it even more wonderful of a place to live for everyone. This is coming from first-hand experience of a small town progressing in a positive way,” says Ocala resident Maria Shahi.
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