A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant to support building an airline terminal complex at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers has implications for general aviation as well. The $10 million grant supplements other funding toward completion of the $438 million terminal project at RSW. The project is under construction south of the airport’s single Runway 6-24–opposite current facilities and the Private Sky FBO–and is scheduled to open next year.
FDOT recently streamlined its grants process, bundling all grants issued to Lee County Port Authority for projects at RSW with those at Page Field (FMY) into a single master grant. The grant will be reviewed and updated annually. FDOT and the Port Authority anticipate that the master grant will reduce paperwork and make the tracking of funding more efficient. The joint grant retroactively includes funds issued from 1998 through 2008 and totals more than $72 million, including the new terminal project at RSW. The program also provides money to match unanticipated future funding that might come from the FAA