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On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley made landfall on the southwest Florida coast as a Category 4 hurricane, and, at roughly 7:45 p.m., the eye passed within five mile of the City of Lake Wales. A damage survey conducted between August 18 and August 20, 2004 indicated that the Airport was a total loss. Every structure on the Airport received moderate to severe damage, though the pavement remained in usable condition. Florida Airport Damage Survey.

Because of the hurricane damage, the airport was closed effective August 14, 2004. During the Airport's closure, the airfield acted as a staging and storage area for recovery efforts in the area.


On September 5, 2004, Hurricane Frances made landfall on the east central coast of Florida as a Category 2 hurricane, and its path took the storm through Central Florida, again passing near Lake Wales. Finally, on September 25, 2004, Hurricane Jeanne made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane within ten miles of the location struck by Hurricane Frances and once again took a path through Central Florida. These two hurricanes served to compound the damage at the Airport and delayed salvage and cleanup efforts.

In late October of 2004, Runway 17-35 re-opened and then in mid-November approximately 2,450 feet of Runway 06-24 re-opened. The eastern end of the runway remained temporarily closed due to pavement damage sustained while serving as a staging and storage area; however, this damage was repaired and both runways are now fully open.

Due to the fact that the airport suffered nearly total destruction of its buildings, reconstruction requires compliance with all current building codes, fire codes, and life safety codes. These codes require installation of an up-to-date water system for fire protection purposes before certificates of occupancy may be issued for the airport buildings. Construction of this $2.1 million project has been completed.


T-Hangars

Construction of the two 8-unit nested T-Hangars has been completed and these units are available for lease. The Airport FBO is currently accepting applications for T-Hangar rental. If interested in leasing a T-Hangar at the Lake Wales Airport, click on Fees & Rentals, complete and submit the form provided. You will be contacted about lease rates and terms.

Tie-Downs

The tie-down area at the northeast area of the airport is available for rental.


Corporate Hangar #1

Located at the north end of the airport on the east side of runway 17/35, this hangar is currently leased and occupied by the FBO, Lake Wales Aviation.

Corporate Hangar #1

Corporate Hangar #2

Located at the north end of the airport, this hangar is now completed and has also been leased and occupied by the FBO.

FBO Building

The new FBO building, including Pilot Center and snack bar, was completed in early 2009.



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