February 4, 2019
Mayor Russ Owen
City of New Smyrna Beach
210 Sams Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Dear Honorable Mayor and Commissioners,
The Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has taken a strong position regarding the importance of acting swiftly regarding the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Please see supporting documentation below. This is critical to the economic viability of our community, and our existing businesses.
NSB Airport Issue Statement:
The NSB City Commission recently voted to approve a new Airport Master Plan that effectively shortens our longest runway from 5000’ to approximately 4700’. This reduction would normally go into effect within approximately 120 days of the approval of the Airport Master Plan by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This has the practical impact of eliminating certain traffic, including but not limited to, private and corporate jet traffic from using our airport. The City Commission, aware of this issue, has instructed the Assistant City Manager to work with the Airport Advisory Board and other interested stakeholders to create a revised runway plan. This revised plan needs to be submitted to the appropriate division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) soon.