Boca Raton: Airport study gets backing from city

By Margie Plunkett

A $181,000 feasibility study of a customs facility for international flights arriving at Boca Raton Airport garnered the backing of City Council in January.

Council passed a resolution to support the study, which would examine the feasibility of a customs facility and the impact on the community, according to a memo for City Manager Leif J. Ahnell.

“Considering the potential positive overall economic impact for the city, it is appropriate to support the study as a first step in evaluating the concept,” the memo said.

The resolution said the study would examine the possible demand for a customs facility as well as its usage, funding, costs, operations and impacts. It further urged the Airport Authority to pay particular attention to economic impacts on Boca Raton and to air traffic, noise and other consequences.

The Airport Authority advertised a request for proposals for a customs facility consultant in December 2011, receiving one response from Aviation Strategies and Trade Solutions Inc. The company agreed to become a sub-consultant to Ricondo & Associates, which is the Airport Authority’s general consultant of record.

In March, the Airport Authority provided for development of a scope of work and budget for the study to be prepared by Ricondo and ASTS.                                        

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