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Community Involvement — South Central Florida

FAA Issues Record of Decision on Florida Metroplex – October 26, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Finding of No Significant Impact-Record of Decision for the South-Central Florida Metroplex, which is the agency's plan to modernize air traffic procedures for 21 airports in the southern half of the state. The agency posted the document and the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Florida Metroplex Environmental website.

The decision enables the FAA to move forward with new satellite-based procedures that will enhance safety and efficiency. The FAA plans to implement the new procedures in mid-2021.

The project includes new arrival and departure procedures for Miami, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and St. Pete/Clearwater international airports and 15 smaller airports.

The FAA conducted extensive outreach to the public before issuing its final decision on the project. The agency held 29 public workshops and two public comment periods totaling 120 days in 2019 and 2020. The agency also evaluated and responded to 3,239 comments in the Final EA.

The agency conducted the EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), which requires the FAA to identify and publicly disclose the potential environmental impacts of the proposed procedures.

The environmental documents are available at 117 public libraries in the study area. Residents who are not online may contact their local libraries to access the document.

Project Background — 2020 South Central Florida Virtual Workshops

The FAA published the Draft Environmental Assessment on May 11, 2020 and opened a 74-day public comment period. The FAA held a series of 12 virtual workshops from June 3–June 12 2020 to give the public the opportunity to learn about the Draft EA and ask questions of environmental and air traffic control specialists. The recorded workshops and associated information is available at floridametroplexworkshops.com

Project Background — 2019 South-Central Florida Public Workshops

The FAA held a series of public workshops in April and May 2019, to gather public input on the project before it began the Environmental Assessment. Attendees viewed the proposed procedures and engaged with air traffic control and environmental experts. The agency accepted public comments at each workshop and through an online link which was available on this page for 30 days from the date of the last meeting in each city.

South-Central Florida Public Workshops

2020 Workshops — Learn more about the virtual workshops in your area.

Past Workshops — 2019 (PDF)

South Central Florida Videos

Supplemental Materials

Projected Annual Benefits

Source: FAA — South-Central Florida Metroplex Design Team

Due to the large size and complexity of the South-Central Florida project, FAA reduced the scope of the Metroplex project in 2019. Fuel and carbon emissions estimates based on the final designs is being analyzed and will be published when complete. The estimates are based on preliminary assessment of proposed airspace improvements to the project plan. The fuel costs is analyzed base on a $2.85 per-gallon rate.

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