Protecting President Trump: Palm Beach County a bargain compared to New York

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago last month. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Palm Beach County taxpayers will get a $3.4 million reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies who helped protect President Donald Trump during his first seven visits to Mar-a-Lago as commander-in-chief.

Trump is expected to return to Palm Beach on Friday and remain through New Year’s Day.

Most of the FEMA money — nearly $3.3 million — will go to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the lead local agency in assisting the U.S. Secret Service during presidential visits. Another $71,270 goes to the town of Palm Beach Police Department and $63,164 goes to the West Palm Beach Police Department.

The reimbursements follow a $1 million federal reimbursement announced in October to cover local law enforcement costs when Trump visited Mar-a-Lago as president-elect in November and December of 2016.

FEMA announced the latest reimbursements on Wednesday. Aside from the Florida money, FEMA approved a $36.4 million reimbursement to the New York Police Department for its costs when the president and first lady Melania Trump were in Trump Tower in New York City.

Another $945,709 was approved for law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, where Trump has a golf club.

 

 

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