SEBRING — Successful civic and industrial expansion has spawned some reorganization in both Avon Park and Sebring.
Sebring Regional Airport asked for and got an extension of its Community Redevelopment Agency timeline from 2026 to 2045 at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, which should give the CRA time to complete several projects now in the works.
Presenting the matter for the airport, Development Services Director Benjamin Dunn told commissioners that the CRA — founded 20 years ago by the county — plans to update the airport master plan; resurface, extend and realign on-site roads; extend runways and add both an aircraft apron and new air traffic control tower; upgrade the air side center roof and parking, and purchase more property to then complete more of the master plan.
Dunn said these improvements are expected to cost $133.8 million and be done by 2045. Extending the CRA sunset to that year will allow the CRA to secure funding for the projects, Dunn said.
Improvements also should help the airport expand its industrial park, improve Sebring International Raceway and support the annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, all for continued growth and development at the airport.