Florida airport wants to build luxury RV park on vacant land, report says
A Florida airport plans to convert unused land into a luxury RV park to accommodate wealthy visitors to the area and diversify its revenue streams. The news was first reported by the local Ocala StarBanner newspaper. Ocala International Airport has won approval from its local council to move forward with a proposal to create a luxury RV Park. It is believed to be the first such development at an airport. A road would separate the park from the parking lot and golf carts would be used to reach the RV park. If the development goes ahead, it will occupy 64 acres of land at the airport. Airport manager Matt Grow said Ocala City Council approved the letter of intent on Tuesday, giving 90 days to negotiate the final lease with a developer.
“We’re excited because the development will help diversify where the revenue comes from and make it more resilient,” he told Insider.
However, approval must also be granted by the Federal Aviation Administration before a lease can be signed.
Grow came up with the idea after seeing reports of luxury RV parks proliferating across Florida.
“The site is driving interest in RVs and we believe we can capitalize on this by dedicating airport property to an RV park,” Grow said. Ocala is home to the World Equestrian Center, the largest equestrian facility in the United States, which hosts horse shows and exhibits.