The county also became aware that long-term leases were necessary to get capital interests into joining with the county to upgrade the airport. The period d between 1984 and 1985 brought intense public interest. Plans promulgated by the engineering consultants were flawed in that the users were not included in the the early stages.




The current finished layout is the result of a series of compromises. Again, an aviation-minded county engineer stepped into the breech and brought stability, with the only major defect being the utilization of a prime commercial area used for a retention pond when the center of the airport could have served this purpose well. The runway taxiway configuration is a first laid out.

The entire airport received a sand seal treatment in 1954. Since then, runways 9/27 and 15/33 have been repaved. The airport has three runway lighting systems, the original being flush lights on all runways. The next, installed around 1970, was a modified "flying farmer" system the last system serving runways 9/27 and 15/33.


The air right of ways over the west approach, runway 9, were given to the county by the developers who were aviation enthusiasts. The air rights on the approach to runway 27 were obtained through court action, giving the County the right to trim any trees growing in the right away. The cost to the County for the rights alone was over $8,500 in the early 1970s.

A VASI system was installed in 1973 on runways 9/27 and 15/33. The operator at the airport started in early 1968 to request a VOR instrument approach to runway 15/33. This was completed in early 1969.

As of this writing and for the last nine months, the volume of water supplied by the county on the airport system is termed inadequate by the Palm Beach County Fire Department, further inhibiting the airport form fully performing it's function as a "reliever airport". As attempts to receive building permits have been turned down and the great majority of the space yet to be built is targeted for airplanes currently based at PBIA, the Department of Airports has responded favorably in an attempt to shoulder their responsibility to provide adequate utilities.

Since 1980, operations have experienced little growth. A 60 percent increase in tied-down aircraft has taken place since 1980, but during the same time period fuel sales decreased almost 14 percent, with the last few years being flat




Airfield in 1989