Donald Trump has been president less than a month, but already a constituent is talking about his legacy.
“I’m hoping that someone is already thinking about a Trump Presidential Library located in Palm Beach County and speaking with Trump about it,” a man named Tom Special wrote county commissioners this week.
“I realize he is controversial, but all presidents are. He is a county resident,” Special said. “I’m a history buff and I think having something like that in our county would be amazing.”
Special — a former local TV news cameraman who now shoots for the county and who currently lives down in Broward — said a presidential library “would be a major tourist attraction and bring millions of dollars into the county for many years to come. It would be nice if staff could at least start looking for land to locate the library and if someone with the county could speak to Trump to see if he is interested in locating it here someday.“
“Interesting idea,” county vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay — no fan of Trump — told Special. She said she’d forwarded his email to Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron, who once was the county’s state and federal legislative lobbyist.
“I would assume we are a little early in the game but he can at least run it by our library staff for comments,” McKinlay wrote.
“Interesting concept,’ said Kelly Smallridge, president of the county’s Business Development Board.
“President Trump is not the first President to have a 2nd home here as you know,” she wrote. “Typically, these projects require a lot of funding and a feasibility study to determine if this is the right location. Some private individual would have to step in and take the lead on this for it to gain any traction. “
Special, meanwhile, says he already has a potential site: Lake Lytal Park, not far from Trump’s suburban West Palm Beach golf club.