Palm Beach air­port to get new VIP lounge

Com­mis­sion­ers OK’d con­struc­tion on 3K-square-foot space

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Lois K. Solomon South Flor­ida Sun Sen­tinel

Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Air­port has free Wi-Fi, a cell­phone wait­ing lot, three Star­bucks and a spa. But it lacks an amenity that some fre­quent fliers crave: a VIP lounge.

That’s about to change. Palm Beach County com­mis­sion­ers have ap­proved con­struc­tion of a new, 3,000-square-foot, com­mon-use lounge in the air­port’s Con­course B. Here’s what you can ex­pect when you get VIP treat­ment.

Q.: What will I get if I use the lounge?

A.: Ameni­ties are set to in­clude snacks and bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing wine, beer and liquor. There will be an ex­tra charge for high-end food and pre­mium al­co­hol. There also will be com­fort­able chairs, work sta­tions, in­ter­net ac­cess, tele­vi­sions and news­pa­pers.

Q.: How much will it cost? A.: A day pass will be $45. Mem­bers of lounge net­works, such as Pri­or­ity Pass or LoungeBuddy, will also have ac­cess, said Laura Beebe, a deputy direc­tor in Palm Beach County’s Depart­ment of Air­ports.

Q.: Who will I be hang­ing out with?

A.: “This is mostly for peo­ple who have long lay­overs,” County Com­mis­sioner Steven Abrams said. “We have a nice air­port; it’s not hor­ren­dous to sit at the gate. But this will al­low peo­ple to plug in their phones, get com­fort­able, write things down. It’s an ad­di­tional level of pri­vacy.”

Q.: Who’s mak­ing money on this?

A.: The op­er­a­tor, Gideon Toal Man­age­ment Ser­vices, will pay the air­port ei­ther

$65,000 a year or 10 per­cent of rev­enues from the lounge and

16 per­cent of pre­mium al­co­hol

MIKE STOCKER/SUN SEN­TINEL

Mike Don­ald­son holds Ol­lie, who was re­cov­er­ing at VCA Hol­ly­wood An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal af­ter he was stabbed. Ol­lie later died from his in­juries.

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