An aerial video of The Palm Beaches shows the recovery of the county one week after Hurricane Irma struck Florida. Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, reported that 98% of Palm Beach County's hotels and 90% of the region's cultural attractions are open.
Palm Beach County was in fact among the fastest regions in the state to recover, with Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) opening within 48 hours after the storm, as the first airport in South Florida to reopen. Palm Beach County parks also re-opened 54 parks to the public on September 15, and all the region's public golf courses have guests hitting the links and enjoying the Florida sunshine.
"We are fortunate that The Palm Beaches experienced comparatively little damage from Irma, and our hearts go out to those who sustained the full impact," said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches. "Palm Beach County only experienced power outages and uprooted trees, and recovered in 72 hours. All area tourist attractions are open, vibrant and bustling, and the ocean is as inviting as ever."
"We are relieved and happy to report that Hurricane Irma spared the majority of Palm Beach County's many cultural organizations, including museums, performance spaces, public artworks and sculpture gardens that make The Palm Beaches so special. No catastrophic damage has been reported and almost all are operating normally," said Rena Blades, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County's Parks and Recreation Director Eric Call added, "Fortunately, Palm Beach County's park system was spared the direct impact of the storm. While we did sustain some damage to our landscape and coastal dunes, we're quickly recovering, and our parks and beaches will remain top destinations for the county's residents and visitors."
The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The prestigious destination features more than 200 art and culture organizations, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities,160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a thriving year-round entertainment scene.
Three major airports serving The Palm Beaches give the destination easy access. With Tri-Rail and the soon-to-open Brightline (high-speed commuter rail-service), the Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport are within easy reach.