Environment Issues

The unspoiled land surrounding Cecil Airport has always been a rich source of natural beauty and a source of community pride. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) and the City of Jacksonville (COJ) have already set aside areas of Cecil Airport for conservation.  They will continue to preserve and protect the environmentally sensitive ecology at Cecil Airport as it is developed.  Master planning efforts call for ample land to be set aside for additional parks, recreation and conservation in Duval and Clay counties as development occurs.

Environmental Cleanup

Part of the conveyance process at Cecil Airport was to identify, evaluate and remedy former disposal and spill sites on the property.  An Installation Restoration Program (IRP) was initiated during base closure. Citizens most directly participated in the IRP planning and decision making process at Cecil Airport by attending the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meetings.

Some areas directly related to the airfield are designated Brown fields Areas and the JAA is still working closely with the US Navy to bring the condition of all areas of Cecil Airport back to acceptable levels.  Navy Environmental Consultants have worked from the time the original base turnover to present to remediate several areas. This process is still the responsibility of the Navy and it is referred to as the Base Cleanup Team (BCT). It is comprised of representatives from the US Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Navy Contracted Environmental Consultant Staff and JAA Staff.

Community Participation

The Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) was established for the purpose of allowing individuals the opportunity to provide input to Cecil Airport on its IRP, the environmental cleanup program and to act as a focal point for the exchange of information between Cecil Airport and the local community. The RAB attempted to bring together community members who reflect the diverse interests in the community to promote the two-way flow of information.

The RAB works in partnership with Cecil Airport on clean-up issues and related matters. RAB members are also expected to meet with community members and groups to relay information about the cleanup programs and report public comments back to the RAB. RABs provide information, suggestions and community input that is used by the Department of the Navy in making decisions on actions and proposed actions for the environmental cleanup program.

Cecil Airport
13365 Simpson Way
Jacksonville, FL 32221 
Tel: (904) 573-1611



Cecil Airport’s Conceptual Master Plan was designed to ensure the preservation and enhancement of it natural environment.  Conservation corridors, preserved wetlands, and greenspace are designated and set aside in perpetuity.

  • Conservation Corridor: 1,392.06 Acres
  • Wetland Preserve: 283.06 Acres
  • Wetland Creation along existing streams and drainage: 28.68 Acres
  • On-Site Storm Water Ponds:  503.78 Acres

In addition to the above master plan directives, the JAA is undertaking a system-wide sustainability effort.  This will include working on ways to reduce the amount of energy the airport uses, looking at ways to reduce the amount of water used by the airport and also taking a look at ways to reduce the waste that is generated at all of the airports in the system.  Some programs that are already underway and with this latest effort, we will bring about a concise plan that will help us become more Environmentally Sustainable. This program will include but not be limited to: Energy use Analysis, Energy Efficient Design Reviews, and Water Use Studies, Water Conserving Infrastructure Planning and Retrofit and System-wide Recycling programs. 

As we progress with this program, we will add facets that may move us to become even more efficient.  We will start with Cecil Airport assets and will begin to offer programs to include our many tenants. 
Our goal is to be a good corporate citizen and to serve the community well.

Cargo and Multi-Modal Transportation

Cargo and Multi-Modal transportation helps reduce the number of shipments on the road. Every container ship, cargo plane, freight train and semi-truck that is utilized reduces the amount of individual shipments on our road system.

  • A single train can carry the load of more that 280 trucks and can haul one ton of freight 423 miles on one gallon of fuel.
  • Sea transport is both energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.
  • Transportation companies are constantly looking for cleaner and more fuel-efficient technologies and operational measures that will help maximize energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.
The JAA is currently marketing Cecil Airport as a possible distribution hub for Multi-Modal and Inter-Modal Transportation.  The COJ and the FDOT have recently built and improved connector corridors and there is nearby rail access.  With Cecil Airport’s access to runways this makes for an attractive location for distribution companies looking to move products efficiently.