Storm-Ravaged Florida Airports Recovering
Airports near Vero Beach, Fla., are recovering from last year's hurricanes, TCPalm.com reported last week. St. Lucie International sustained $30 million in damages and curtailed operations for about six weeks, but still showed an increase overall in operations for 2004 from the year before. "Our business and corporate traffic continues to increase," said Airport Director Paul Philips. Damages at Witham Field came to $10 million and about $21 million at Vero Beach Municipal, and both airports showed a drop in overall operations for the year. Some flight schools are still working out of trailers, and twisted wreckage from destroyed hangars remains. "Obviously, after the hurricanes a lot of physical facilities were damaged," Bill Johnson, executive director of the Florida Airport Council, told TCPalm. "But I think everyone is pretty much recovered and rebuilding."