CNN reports A force of more than 100 US Marines are due on Catalina Island, 20 miles off the US mainland, in early 2019 to rebuild the main runway at the Airport in the Sky, a 3,000-foot-long asphalt strip built almost eight decades ago.

A private contractor will begin tearing up the runway in December, according to the Catalina Island Conservancy , the land trust that runs the airport and oversees most of the 21-square-mile island, which CNN Travel has named one of the best islands in America.

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