An airport in Florida is entertaining the idea of turning its spare space into a luxury RV park to invite wealthy visitors to the area and diversify its revenue streams.
Ocala International Airport received approval from its local council to proceed with the proposal to establish a luxury RV park. The project is believed to be the first such development at an airport, according to a report.
Matt Grow, the airport director, said Ocala City approved the letter of intent last Tuesday, giving 90 days to negotiate the final lease with a developer.
“We’re excited as the development will help diversify where revenue comes from and make it more resilient,” he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration, however, must also approve before a lease can be signed.
Grow said he came up with the idea after learning about reports of RV parks increasing across the state.
The community has a strong equestrian industry and traveling shows that pass through for several weeks a year, he says, with many wealthy visitors coming in million-dollar luxury RVs.
The site spurs RV interest, and we think we can capitalize on that by dedicating airport property to an RV park,” Grow said.
Ocala is home to the World Equestrian Centre, the largest equestrian facility in the US, which runs horse shows and exhibitions.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.