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The Bottom Line: Sky Harbor rates rise to cut parking lot crowds

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Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 6:53 am | Updated: 9:55 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

By the first of the year, expect parking rates at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to increase 25 percent to 60 percent.

The airport is proposing upping the fees as a way to deal with overcrowded parking areas.

"Believe it or not, it really is on the road to customer service because right now we have people who want to come in, particularly into the terminals to pick up and drop off and spend a few hours, and they aren’t able to get in because there are long-term parkers parking in there because the rates are so low," said Deb Ostreicher, airport spokeswoman.

Under a proposal that still needs approval by the Phoenix City Council, terminal parking at Sky Harbor would would go to $20 a day from $16.

If that doesn’t reduce the crowds, it will be bumped to $25. Hourly parking in the terminals will go to $3 from $2.

Rates in the economy surface lots would go to $8 a day from $5 a day, while fees in the economy garages would increase to $10 a day from $7 a day.

If there are still too many cars at the airport, economy surface parking would be hiked to $10 a day. Economy garage fees would increase to $12 a day.

Ostreicher said when officials looked at other airports of similar size, they found terminal garages cost $25 or $30 a day.

GOLF GUN

The advertising says "It adds a whole new perspective to the term ‘Let’s go shoot a round of golf.’ "

Air Golf, Inc. is creating a new sport using its air-powered GolfGun. Players use the gun instead of clubs to "hit" golf balls.

"You can play all the way through with the golf ball until you get on the green," said Wil Wengert, a company spokesman. "You can even use the gun within 5 feet of the green."

He said the company will demonstrate the product in the Valley this winter.

Wengert says the gun is good for physically disabled people or others who want to play a round with those who golf the old-fashioned way.

He said course managers have been receptive to it because the gun doesn’t create divots.

BOTTOMS UP

As part of renovations in the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, bartenders are offering a $300 Pearl Vodka martini. It comes with a pair of white Japanese Akoya pearl earrings, instead of the traditional olive. The pearls appraise at $550.

It must be the Scottsdale version of Miller High Life.

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