FAA to Palm Beach County: Let jets land at Lantana airport

The 44-year ban on jets at Lantana’s airport is over. The Federal Aviation Administration wrote Palm Beach County this month to say small jets now can land at the airport, though they’re limited to one of its three runways.

The agency “has concluded that permitting jet aircraft operations” on the one runway “will not affect safety or efficiency at LNA (Lantana) or surrounding airports,” FAA airport compliance specialist Deandra Brooks said in a March 17 letter to the lawyer for 76-year-old retired Eastern Airlines pilot Errol Forman of Hypoluxo.

Lantana, just 7 air miles from Palm Beach International Airport and officially named Palm Beach County Park Airport, is the subject of a 1973 agreement in which the FAA gave the county authority to ban jets. It’s the only one in Florida that formally forbids jets.

Forman had protested in April 2016 to the feds, arguing the rule is archaic and was instituted when small jets were far noisier than they are now.

“It looks like the FAA made a reasonable decision,” Forman said Monday.

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Want to see Air Force One this weekend? You can’t miss it.

Air Force One leaves PBIA in 2012
Air Force One leaves PBIA in 2012
123116 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Melania and President-elect Donald Trump leave the dance floor before midnight at Mar-a-Lago Club Saturday December 31, 2016 in the Town of Palm Beach.
Melania and President-elect Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News)

This weekend’s visit by President Donald Trump, the first to Palm Beach since he was sworn in, by no means marks the first time Air Force One has been parked at Palm Beach International Airport.

And as always, interested sightseers will want to take a look at America’s most recognized flying machine.

Not to worry. You can’t miss it, says Bruce Pelly, Palm Beach County’s director of airports.

“It’s a 747,” Pelly said Wednesday. “You can pretty well see it from almost anywhere at the airport.”

Pelly said it will be the Secret Service that decides exactly where the plane sits during Trump’s stay, but most likely it will be near the U.S. Customs office, a small building along Southern Boulevard on PBIA’s south side.

Which, Pelly noted, is about where private citizen Trump used to park his no-less-recognized private plane. The one that says “Trump.”

Trump flight restrictions top Palm Beach County workshop agenda today

Trump (Getty Images)
Trump (Getty Images)

tfr02When President Donald Trump vacations at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, the Lantana airport will be shut down and general aviation at a dozen airports from Martin County to Fort Lauderdale, including Palm Beach International, will be severely hampered, Palm Beach County commissioners will hear today during a workshop.

Those restrictions could force some private flight operations and flying schools out of business, according to the presentation.

Also on today’s agenda:

A youth services “Strengthening the Steps to Success” master plan.

An update on the county’s library system.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting:

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

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Palm Beach County to talk Air Trump


What to do about that plane? The one that part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump will be using when he visits his Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach. No, not the one with his name emblazoned on the tail. The one he’ll start riding in after Jan. 20 that says “United States of America.”

On the agenda for a Jan. 24 Palm Beach County Commission workshop: “Airport presentation on presidential visits.”


County Airports Director Bruce Pelly told The Palm Beach Post Wednesday only that he was “still working on” his presentation about how the county will handling landings by Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, a short ride west of Mar-a-Lago.

Even before the Donald’s stunning upset win on Nov. 8, the county was mulling how to handle his visits should he become president. He visited for Thanksgiving and is there now for the Christmas-New Year holidays. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for the airspace over Mar-a-Lago, to run through Monday night. It allows flights into and out of Palm Beach International Airport to fly over the club, but bans smaller planes without FAA approval. Trump has been spending holidays at Palm Beach for two decades.

Palm Beach County Commission gets Westlake impact update today

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What impact will  the planned Westlake development, formerly called Minto West, have on the surrounding area? Commissioners will get a report at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Also on the agenda:

Pets: Set to take the first of two votes on tough new rules for pet stores that the head of the county’s Animal Care and Control says are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”

Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the first of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber, for five southeast Florida counties.

PBIA: Would approve the replacement of a bookstore at Palm Beach International Airport with a “gourmet market.”

Fire Stations: Would agree to buy the property where it operates two fire-rescue stations for the Village of Royal Palm Beach, saying it was cheaper in the long run than leasing.031616 met barn fire011

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Public comment at 2 p.m. Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

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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.

Fatal crash at PBIA: 60 years later, honoring a fallen father

Post staff/Meghan McCarthy

Six decades ago, a military plane fell out of the sky trying to return to what’s now Palm Beach International Airport. Five men died.

Last week, the two children of the plane’s pilot came to the airport and stood for the first time at the spot where they lost the father they never got to know.

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Palm Beach County: We’ve distributed 240,000 Zika info flyers


zika2Even as the state Friday revealed two new travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Palm Beach County, the county already has distributed nearly a quarter million flyers educating people about the crisis, County Administrator Verdenia Baker said Friday in an update sent to commissioners and staff.

“We are monitoring this very fluid situation and will take further actions, if necessary. Our goal is to keep our residents and visitors safe,” Baker said in sending the update.

Also Friday. Gov. Rick Scott said that, of 20,000 mosquitoes tested across Florida , not a one has tested positive for the Zika virus, this as the state and its federal partners continue to reduce the danger zone in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Baker said Friday that Palm Beach County now has four 2-person crews applying chemicals on the ground, searching for and emptying water containers, and educating residents, and has a person on call in the Glades. She said workers will be armed with “newer, lighter and more effective backpack sprayers and hand foggers.”

Baker also said the county’s mosquito control hotline has received an “unprecedented” volume of calls. She said the county’s health department has begun training local medical professionals to conduct educational seminars with homeowner associations. And she said, several agencies have stepped efforts to find and get rid of illegally-dumped waste tires, which fill with water and become prime mosquito breeder sites.



Baker said some 240,000 flyers have been distributed. They’re being put in county water bills and sent to county libraries and other county locations as well as Palm Beach International Airport and the Port of Palm Beach. She said the county’s working with local cities and utilities to distribute the materials as well. The flyers include one from Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (left).

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Update: Palm Beach County Commission OKs expansion of natural areas

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Palm Beach County nature lovers soon could have lots more open space to wander. 

County Commissioners, at today’s meeting, are set to obtain 46 acres from the state to expand the Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area, and to spend about $55,000 to buy three canal right-of-way parcels and create a 10-mile walking trail that will connect Riverbend Park and the Corbett Wildlife Management Area. APPROVED.

Also on the agenda:

Taxis: Set to approve new rules that charge drivers for Uber and similar app-based ride services $2.50 per pickup at Palm Beach International Airport and prevents them from waiting for pickups on airport roads or in the parking lots of private businesses near PBIA. APPROVED

Buses: Votes to sell, for $2, two Palm Tran buses to Pasco County. When counties retire buses bought with federal grants that still are in decent operating condition, they often donate them to other communities. APPROVED

Sikorsky: Set to approve, in second and final vote, a $128,575 tax break, plus an $18,200 cash incentive, for Sikorsky Aircraft. APPROVED

What: Palm Beach County Commission meeting. When: 9:30 a.m. Where: Sixth-floor commission chambers of the Palm Beach County Robert Weisman Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.

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Judge hears arguments for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago to turn over documents in suit


022709_met_mar_a_lago.JPGA judge Monday heard arguments in a demand by Palm Beach County that presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s exclusive Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, turn over documents as part of its lawsuit over damage it says flights to and from Palm Beach International Airport are causing.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge ­Richard Oftedal said he had to deal with some other cases; he heard arguments for about 45 minutes on Monday, then tabled the rest of the hearing to Tuesday afternoon.

Trump’s club is seeking money for the alleged damages and wants to force the county to keep jets from flying over the 90-year-old complex built for Marjorie ­Merriweather Post, daughter of the founder of General Foods. Trump bought it in 1985 and later converted it to a private club. The club claims airport noise and jet fuel emissions have harmed the mansion.