PBC looks to limit impact of Trump visits on Lantana Airport

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Palm Beach County has drafted a resolution seeking relief from temporary flight restrictions that impact the Lantana Airport during President Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach.

The resolution, up for discussion when county commissioners meet on Tuesday, states that: “The frequent imposition of TFRs have resulted in, and will continue to result in, significant losses to the aviation businesses operating at the Lantana Airport.”

Temporary flight restrictions during Trump’s visits have impacted all airports in the county, but they have been particularly costly for the Lantana Airport, located six miles south of West Palm Beach.

A county report in February noted that the airport lost $30,000 in business during one of Trump’s visits.

The county’s resolution directs County Administrator Verdenia Baker or her designee to work with the county’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to find a way for the Lantana airport to continue operations during Trump’s visits.

Pot, the president’s plane and development projects on PBC agenda

Several hot-topic items are on Palm Beach County’s to-do list this week, including discussions about how to deal with Air Force One flights into Palm Beach International Airport, a new zoning framework for western portions of the county and whether to move forward with a one-year moratorium on zoning applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers.

On Tuesday, commissioners are expected to get a presentation from Airports Director Bruce Pelly on how to deal with flight restrictions stemming from future arrivals of Air Force One, which will be bringing President Donald Trump to his part-time home at Mar-a-Lago.

The airport discussion is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at the Weisman Governmental Center at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. It is the third item on Tuesday’s agenda, following a 9:30 a.m. discussion of youth services in the county and an 11 a.m. overview of the county’s library system.

During a zoning meeting that begins Thursday at the Weisman Governmental Center at 9:30 a.m., commissioners will consider whether to move forward with a new zoning framework that would accommodate large development projects proposed for western portions of the county.

Commissioners will also consider a one-year moratorium on zoning applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

If given preliminary approved on Thursday, both the new zoning framework and the moratorium would be up for final approval on February 23.

President Obama arrives on Air Force One at Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Park in Ft. Pierce on June 3, 2016.  He will be spending the weekend playing golf at Palm City's Floridian National Golf Club, which straddles the line between St. Lucie and Martin counties.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)



Bookstore at PBIA to become “gourmet market.”


chicken-club-wrapThe Heritage Book Sellers shop,  formerly the New York Times Bookstore, on Palm Beach International Airport’s Concourse B, will be replaced by the Flagler Gourmet Market, a “grab and go” operation, if county commissioners OK lease changes at their regular meeting on Tuesday.

The item is on the commission’s “consent agenda” and so is expected to pass without discussion.

A staff memo for Tuesday’s meeting said the change was proposed “to provide a greater variety of food and beverage choices” on Concourse B, which also currently hosts a Burger King, a Nick’s Tomato Pie, and a Starbuck’s.

Laura Beebe, deputy director of airports business affairs, said the airport hopes to begin the switchover, which would take about three months, either in November or next April.

Around the same time, at nearby Concourse C, the airport is switching a Quizno’s Subs to “PBIMKT,” a full-service casual dining site, Beebe said. In the spring, she said, in the main terminal, a California Pizza Kitchen will go and the adjacent Starbuck’s coffee stand will expand and convert to full-service.

According to the memo for Tuesday’s county commission meeting, the new Flagler Gourmet Market “will offer fresh, locally-prepared grab and go food options, such as fresh sandwiches, salads and baked goods; fresh fruit; pre-packaged gourmet and specialty food products; and an assortment of high quality, healthy pre-packaged snack and food beverage items.” It said there’s no kitchen for more complicated fares.

The memo said shop still might sell general news and gift items such as newspapers and magazines, so if you can’t get on that plane without that day’s Palm Beach Post, and left your copy at home, you likely will be in luck.