Biz Buzz: Regional airport falls short on funds

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport is running short of operating money and may need half a million dollars to balance the current year’s fiscal budget, according to a report the Board of Supervisors will discuss Tuesday.

“An infusion of $500,000 … may be necessary in the current fiscal year to balance the airport budget,” the report from the county administrative office says about the airport.

Administrators pointed to two major fiscal problems.

That money is coming in at $500,000 less than needed to cover costs, the administration says.

In addition, passengers continue to use the airport less, according to the report.

The number of passengers dropped by 15 percent last July through December, compared to the same period a year earlier, going from 75,263 to 63,841.

Delta Airlines pulled out in August and American Airlines in November of 2008.

Problems will remain, the report states.

“Without an increase in revenues, the airport is likely to continue to have operational expenses that are greater than revenues,” the report goes on.

The airport recently received a $500,000 grant that it intends to use to attract new commercial air service. Airport managers have said they also are looking at other ways to increase revenues.

Supervisors also will discuss giving the concessionaires who run The Spirit of St. Louis restaurant the go-ahead to undertake building repairs in exchange for rent credits not to exceed $17,000. The request comes from Janette Pell, General Services director.

Pell also is asking supervisors to waive fees for a new air service to Los Angeles by Skywest Airlines.

— Bob Cuddy

New gym geared for personal training

MZR Fitness, a 2,200- square-foot personal training gym, recently opened at the Pacific Coast Center at 75 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo.

Owner Mike Z. Robinson, 28, provides a range of gym memberships offering weight loss programs, support groups and fitness classes with an emphasis on personal training.

Membership prices range between $39 and $480 per month. Robinson said that MZR fitness will serve people who might not feel comfortable going to a big gym and may prefer support.

“If someone doesn’t come for two months, we are going to call them,” he said. Robinson is a regular speaker at personal trainer conferences and is an American Council on Exercise subject matter expert, which means he can design tests for personal trainer certification.

— Julia Hickey