For Immediate Release

William G. & Marie Selby Foundation awards $10,000 to Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.

 Recently, Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc. President George Chase received a letter from Carol Butera, Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation announcing that Friends had been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000. This grant is in support of the Friends Capital Campaign that will fund a restroom/shower project at Arcadia Municipal Airport.

Three years ago Friends funded and built a 3 acre Fly-In/Camp-Out Center at Arcadia Municipal that is designed to attract out of town pilots to visit our County. We call it Aviation City.

Ms. Butera said “The fact that the new facility would not only benefit Aviation City and Arcadia Municipal Airport but also support the local economy played a big role in the Foundations decision to award the grant to Friends”.

This grant means that Friends has met its goal of raising over $42,000 needed for construction. The capitol campaign began last January and since then we have held pancake breakfasts, solicited donations from our members and the community, both corporate and private, as well as applied for numerous grants. Friends is a non profit 501-c-3 Florida Corporation.

Donations from the private sector ranged from $25 to $4,000 and we received a number of grants ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000. These grants were received from: the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Recreational Aviation Foundation, the Arcadia Rotary Foundation, Mosaic, the Arcadia Rodeo Association, the J & L Barnett Fund, Southern Cubs LLC, the Evelyn Tucker Fund and the John Annis & Regina Morris Fund. Adding to that the recent $10,000 grant from the Selby Foundation and this capital campaign has proven to be a huge success by any measure.

 “Friends is a model for other non profits to follow when it comes to fundraising leaving no stone unturned.” Said Butera.

Jack Tyler, Director and Vice President of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, said “What great news ! Here’s another big win for Friends of Arcadia Airport, which our Grant Committee supported as well, along with many, many local supporters. Friends is another classic case study of what a small dedicated cadre of airport supporters can accomplish through tenacity and grit. This new shower facility will be a welcome new feature at Arcadia’s Aviation City.”

It is obvious that our community appreciates and understands the value of a local general aviation airport. The Friends Board of Directors would like to say thank you to all who donated.

The new facility will be concrete block construction; will include a septic system, two restrooms and two showers. It will be located next to the Aviation City campground at Arcadia Municipal Airport and will be available 24-7 for Aviation City airplane campers as well as airport tenants and visiting pilots.














Aviation City is the first FAA approved fly-in campground located on a municipal airport. With the addition of dedicated restrooms, it is bound to attract even more out of town pilots and their families to visit Arcadia.

Friends appreciates the cooperation from the City of Arcadia as well as DeSoto County on this project. Thanks goes out to the Arcadia City Council, City Administrator Terry Stewart and Airport Manager Shelley Peacock. Building permits have been submitted and construction will begin soon.

Note:  If you donated to the capital campaign and would like to attend the grand opening please send me your name and email address so that we can include you. It will be by invitation only.

Friends of Arcadia Airport, Inc.

Board of Directors

George Chase, Rickey Hilton, Ross Clark, Dave Hutchinson,  Paul Moore & Doug Deal

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Get Em While There Hot

Saturday November 18 is pancake breakfast day. Please come out to Arcadia Airport and join us for a great breakfast of All You Can Eat Pancakes, sausage, OJ & coffee for only $6. All profits go to support the new Restroom/Shower facility we will build soon.  We need your support.

We begin serving at 8:30. So bring the kids and all your friends and join us. There will be pilots camping at Aviation City so make sure to check it out and see what airplane camping is all about.

In case we miss you, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pancakes & Golf

Don’t miss this great opportunity to eat the best pancakes in the world and then play a round  of golf at Arcadia Golf Course Saturday Nov. 18.  You can fly in or drive in to participate in this special offer.

The day includes our famous  “All you can eat pancakes, sausage, OJ & coffee”  only $6. All profits go to support Aviation City and the new restroom – shower facility.

Golf package includes: Transportation by coach from the airport to the course and back. 9 holes with cart, lunch at the pro shop, airplane camping tie down fees for both Friday & Saturday nights at Aviation City all for only $30 !  You may fly in on Friday and camp overnight at Aviation City both nights or fly in and just camp Saturday night.

This is a special offer and we need you to contact us and register by Monday Nov. 13 so we can secure the coach. Contact George at  

If you don’t have a plane you can still join in the fun by driving in to the airport on Saturday morning but you still need to register for a head count  by Monday Nov. 13.

For everyone else, remember that Saturday Nov. 18 is our monthly pancake breakfast so make your plans to attend now.   See you at X06 !




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Thanks Everyone

The first fly-in / drive-in pancake breakfast of the season took place on Saturday in the hangar at Arcadia Municipal. We only had about 12 aircraft fly in for breakfast as there were lots of aviation events this weekend. Our regular local supporters turned out in high numbers so the overall event was a great success. Thanks to everyone that dropped in to join us for pancakes and support the restroom project. Wes Whitley won the 50-50 raffle and we must give a special shout out to Wes as he donated his win back to the cause!   Thanks Wes for flying in to support Friends of Arcadia Airport. 

A special thanks to our volunteers that make this happen every month from October thru April, they are Ross, Greg, Rickey, Joyce, Paige, Dave, Gabe, David & George. The money we raise at these events goes to support the restroom/shower project that we are funding. There will be two restrooms and two showers located next to the Aviation City campground.  With your help we hope to be able to begin construction by the first of the year.





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Today’s the day !


Saturday October 21.  9 am.  Don’t miss it. 

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Saturday is Pancake Day…Don’t miss it.

Saturday October 21 is out first of the season All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. The best pancakes ever plus sausage, OJ & Coffee all for only $6. All profits go to support the new restroom/shower facility that Friends is planning to build soon. Pancakes, planes, great people, hangar talk, what could be better?   Be there or be square. We start serving at 9 am.







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Fly-In / Eat Pancakes / Play Golf









Saturday November 18th is Golf day at Aviation City.

Good morning Friends of Arcadia Airport.


Arcadia Golf Course and Friends of Arcadia Airport would like to offer a special deal for pilots that fly in to our November 18th  All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Arcadia Municipal Airport. Pilots may fly in on Friday and camp out at Aviation City or arrive Saturday morning and enjoy a great pancake breakfast prior to taking a bus ride to the golf course. The offer includes: coach transportation to and from the golf course, 9 holes of golf with a cart and a great lunch at the pro shop,  plus tie down fees at Aviation City for both Friday and Saturday nights all for only $30.  (breakfast not included)

As usual all  pancake breakfast funds go to support the new restroom/shower project at Aviation City. Only $6 for All You Can Eat Pancakes, sausage, OJ and coffee. So come out to support this great cause even if you are not a golfer.

Don’t miss the opportunity to play this great course and take advantage of this special deal for pilots only. So if you are interested in this offer please let us know asap so we can make the arrangements. We will need at least 20 reservations by November 13th to be able to make this special deal a reality.


To reserve your tickets email George today at:

ps. You may drive in and join the pilots on the coach ride to the golf course to take advantage of this golfing offer as well. For more info call 863 993 0391

Hope you can join us for a great time.




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Great workday…Thanks to all.

We had a very good clean up day at Aviation City thanks to all who came out to help. The photos show just some of the debris that we piled up for the City of Arcadia to pick up. Thanks to the City for that.   Aviation City is for the use of pilots and we appreciate when they join us to help out. We had donuts supplied by 2 local pilots mid morning then later we  had lunch at Pizza Hut.   What a great crew !   Thank you very much.




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Please give us a hand.

This is a reminder of our much needed work day at Aviation City to clean up Hurricane debris. Please give us a hand on Saturday October 7th at 9am.  We will clean up downed branches  and trim some trees etc. Trimmers and loppers will be needed.   We will supply a pizza lunch for volunteers.

Hope to see you at Aviation City this Saturday.  Thanks for helping out.    

George, Ross, Dave & Rickey
PS. If anyone has cut fire wood from the recent storm that you do not need we would love to replenish our wood pile.  Visiting pilots enjoy a nice fire  in the fire hub when camping out at Aviation City so keep us in mind for fire wood.


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Work day at Aviation City

Hurricane Irma left a lot of debris down at Aviation City, we have removed some but will need some help to cut and trim some high branches that got damaged but did not fall. We would like to have a volunteer work day on Saturday October 7th. If you can help us out for a few hrs that would be great. Friends will supply Pizza for lunch after. If you have tree pruners on a pole and or loppers please bring them. The plan is to begin about 9am.  Hope you can give us a hand.






This photo is from a prior work day.


We are still raising funds for the new restroom/shower facility and have about 75% of what we need to begin construction. We do have a couple of grants pending and we will not know until mid December if those will pan out or not. We thank all of you that have donated to our capital campaign for this project. We will have a nice plaque on the site once done to show all donors.  .  If you have not already donated it is not to late to do so and have your name included on the plaque.  See below for current list and let me know if your name is not listed properly or is missing please.


Friends of Arcadia Airport * Community Foundation of Sarasota County  *  Recreational Aviation Foundation * George Mathews * J & L Barnett Fund* Arcadia Rotary Foundation * George & Joyce Chase * Mosaic * Ross & Paige Clark  * Beth Wolverton * Dave Hutchinson & Carol Mahler * Bernard & Mary Rhomberg * Doug & Sherry Deal *Wes & Sandra Whitley * Southern Cubs, LLC * Arcadia Rodeo Association * Evelyn Tucker Fund * Florida Sport Aviation Antique & Classic Association * Roger & Terese Brown * Susan Mullins * Robert Obert * Swaine & Harris, PA * Harry Coleman * Arcadia Computer * Leaman & Barbara Aunchman * M.C. & Linda McConnell * Greg Willard * Edward Clark * Bryan Miller * John Annis & Regina Morris Fund * Kingsley & Daisy Chen* Karen Smoke * Douglas Johnson * Paul Moore * Clel Shore * Ron McDonald * Jamie Beckett * Jack & June Marchbank * Joe & Calla Baker * John Shearer * Pat Hange * Richard & Joyce Groth


Don’t forget your donation is 100% tax deductible so please send your check now and include your name on the donor list plaque.    Send checks to:  Friends of Arcadia Airport  at   2692 NE Hwy 70 #757   in Arcadia, Florida  34266.

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