PBC leaders look for solutions to economic impacts during temporary flight restrictions

Posted at 7:31 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2019-01-18 16:52:05-05

Palm Beach County leaders are looking for solutions to a presidential problem here in Palm Beach County.

The county's airport director painted a grim picture for commissioners of what will happen to local airports and businesses when President Donald Trump vacations at Mar-a-Lago.

Jonathan Miller representing Lantana Airport stood before the commission today reiterating his stance on the issue he first told us last week.

"Devastating to us economically," said Miller.

County Airports Director Bruce Pelly presented his report showing the financial losses for airports across the area when President Trump visits.

Lantana Airport would shutdown being within 10 miles of Mar-a-Lago.

Pelly says county leaders could ask for more notice when it comes to visits.

"Proper notice as to when he's coming and maybe some of those opportunities to maybe use another county facility," said Pelly.

Commissioner Dave Kerner hopes more can be done to continue operations at Lantana Airport.

"Have a temporary flight tower placed at Lantana Airport along with TSA agents."

County commissioners voted unanimously to direct staff to work with the federal government on how to alleviate some of these impacts.

Click here to read the full 17-page report.