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New customs facility coming to Stuart

Posted at 2:44 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 14:44:25-04

International travel will soon be a lot easier for boaters and pilots in Martin County.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for a new U.S Customs and Border Protection facility at Witham Field in Stuart.  It's an idea that's been in the works for nearly a decade.

When complete, residents and visitors won't have to travel to Fort Pierce or West Palm Beach to clear customs.  

There's also the potential for global business growth.

“It allows our base tenants to fly international coming from the Bahamas, Latin America, Europe… even Asia.  It allows our marine trades to start getting into the foreign and international markets," said Assistant Martin County Administrator George Stokus.

The $1.7 million building should be finished next May.