Traffic Soars at SRQ!

Traffic Soars at SRQ!

SRQ has experienced substantial growth over the last year with the addition of Allegiant Air in April 2018, offering nonstop service to Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND) and Pittsburgh (PIT) and bringing ultra-low-cost fares to SRQ.  Growth continues with the addition of a second ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines which began operating flights to three destinations, Atlanta (ATL), Cleveland (CLE) and Philadelphia (PHL) on December 10, 2018. SRQ now has 8 airlines serving 26 destinations!


As though that was not enough, more great news was announced in November.  Allegiant will begin twice weekly service to Baltimore (BWI) and Ashville, NC (AVL) beginning February 22, 2019, just in time for Spring training.  They will continue to expand their operation at SRQ with flights to Cleveland, OH (CLE), Columbus, OH (LCK), Grand Rapids, MI (GRR), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), Nashville, TN (BNA), Richmond, VA (RIC), and Syracuse, NY (SYR) starting in April 2019.


American Airlines began serving three new destinations, Dallas, TX (DFW) and Chicago, IL (ORD), last month and Philadelphia, PA (PHL) in January.  Jetblue adds a second daily flight to Boston in January and Delta’s seasonal flights to Detroit and JFK returned last month. Traffic increases have averaged over 25% for the last 6 months.


Fredrick Piccolo, President and CEO of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority feels certain that there will be even more growth “In the airline industry, it seems that we start to build on this momentum, as one comes in, others come in and adds more service, so we’re certainly seeing this phenomenon play out”.


SRQ is ready for the growth.  The FAA moved into a newly constructed tower this summer and the landscape project at the front entrance will be complete in the Spring.  With the addition of the shade parking lot and the recent completion of the new air-conditioned loading bridges, the airport continues to offer many amenities that you just won’t find at other small airports.  There are numerous food, beverage and shopping options both pre and post security. A covered rental car return lot, electric vehicle charging stations, a new welcome center, phone charging stations, Mamava nursing pods, a pet relief area and so much more.  So next time you make your travel plans, check SRQ first!

Article Courtesy of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for former Church Property

By Norm Luppino

Public hearings to change the Future Land Use (FLU) Designation of the former Whitfield Presbyterian Church property have been scheduled for January 17th and February 7th.  The 8.2-acre site is part of the 1926 Whitfield Estates subdivision and consists of unbuilt streets and platted lots (see sketch).

The site is currently designated OL (Office Light) along U.S. 41 (indicated by pink on the map) and RES-3 (Residential 3 d.u./acre) in the back (indicated by beige).   The request is to change the FLU designation to ROR (Retail/Office/Residential) for the entire site.

If this change is approved, the property would be eligible for an array of commercial uses and residential development.  Because the property is within a coastal designation, county staff has indicated,if approved, a maximum of 38 dwelling units could be permitted and a maximum of 134,000 square footage of office or commercial could be permitted with future site plan submittals to the County.

This change will extend the commercial designation significantly further back from U.S. 41 than what currently exists on adjacent properties south of Bowlees Creek in our neighborhood.  In addition, the back portion is surrounded on three sides by residential uses.


We will discuss this proposed change at our January Association meeting and look forward to your input.