Trump in Palm Beach: Potential relief for Lantana airport for lost business

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, with Stellar Aviation President Jonathan Miller and County Commissioner Dave Kerner at Lantana airport in 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County’s Lantana airport — forced to effectively shut down whenever President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago — is inching a little closer to getting some relief from the federal government.

spending bill approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee this week includes $3.5 million to reimburse airports and related businesses that are affected by the temporary flight restrictions imposed when Trump visits Palm Beach or his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Key language for Lantana airport in a House appropriations bill.

The money, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, has not been approved by the full committee or the full House or the U.S. Senate. But it was hailed as a significant step by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, whose district includes the Lantana airport and Mar-a-Lago.

“Great news!” Frankel tweeted this morning. She has worked on the issue with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., whose district includes Trump’s Bedminster club.

The president of the company that runs operations at Lantana airport estimated in January that he’d lost about $500,000 during Trump’s visits.

The Secret Service prohibits flights in and out of the Lantana airport — officially known as Palm Beach County Park Airport — whenever the president is in town because the airport is less than 7 miles from Mar-a-Lago. Trump has made 17 visits to Palm Beach since taking office.


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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