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DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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COVER STORY 20 airportbusiness December 2017/January 2018 By Joe Petrie Due to high winds hitting southwest Florida, hangars across the region were susceptible to damage. Naples Municipal Airport suffered $2 million in damages from Hurricane Irma. Naples parked its fuel trucks in different areas across the airport prior to Hurricane Irma so not all of them would be wiped out if one area as impacted by the storm. Punta Gorda Airport served as a staging area for linemen after Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Harvey was headed for Houston, Hurricane Irma was spooling up in the Atlantic Ocean and multiple other storms were already building up steam. Chris Rozansky, executive director of the Naples Airport Authority, said the airport does its pre-storm preparation with employees in June, but with when it became clear Irma was going to hit the region it was the first time in 12 years they faced a hurricane in that part of Florida. B efore Labor Day even arrived, the southeastern region of the U.S. already saw it had a difficult season ahead of it. Florida Keys Marathon International Airport found itself on the harder end of Hurricane Irma, which created damage across the facility. Monroe County workers found various debris blown into and around the airports after Hurricane Irma. Monroe County Staff Monroe County Staff Punta Gorda Airport Naples Airport Authority Naples Airport Authority Naples Airport Authority Airports in the southeast bounce back after a tough hurricane season.

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