SEBASTIAN – A new tenant will be moving into two offices at the Sebastian Municipal Airport.
Pilots’ Paradise USA is leasing two offices for a total of 232 square feet on a month-to-month basis for $250 plus utilities.
Pilots’ Paradise, owned by Oliver Fisher of Vero Beach, plans to be a place where customers can rent aircraft, go on aerial sightseeing tours, and attend advanced flight training.
Though Sebastian City Councilman Eugene Wolff questioned the lack of requiring first and last months’ rent and security deposit, he and his fellow council members unanimously approved the lease.
Airport Director Joe Griffin told the council that it has not been his practice to require the first and last months’ rent or deposit when the lease is on a month-to-month basis.
He explained that the tenant must pay the rent in advance and failure to pay would be grounds for terminating the lease.
“What I’m really interested in is renting that whole wing,” Griffin said of where Remos Aircraft and Pilots’ Paradise are located.
Both companies are on month-to-month leases, which would allow the city 30 days to break their leases and sign on a large tenant who could fill the entire wing.
“It really would be in our interest to do it like this,” Councilman Richard Gillmor said of the month-to-month lease agreements.
Councilwoman Andrea Coy asked Griffin to address an anonymous fax that was sent to the city regarding Pilots’ Paradise USA, which alleged the company is not legitimate.
“I think they’re fallacious,” Griffin said of the allegations, explaining that he reviewed each claim and is satisfied the company is legitimate.
“I’m happy,” Coy said after Griffin’s explanation.