Frankel seeks federal money for local costs when Trump visits

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies assist the Secret Service when President Donald Trump visits Palm Beach. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post)

The Democrat who represents President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago in Congress says the federal government should step in to reimburse Palm Beach County taxpayers for security costs and other expenses associated with Trump’s frequent visits.


Democratic Reps. (from left) Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel signed a letter seeking federal help with local costs associated with President Donald Trump’s visits.

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, drafted a letter to Trump — also signed by local Democratic Reps. Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach and Ted Deutch of Boca Raton — seeking federal help defraying the local expenses.


Frankel says the costs include more than $1.7 million for sheriff’s deputies and fire rescue personnel as well as lost business at the county’s Lantana Airport, which effectively shuts down because of flight restrictions when the president stays in Palm Beach. Frankel also says the expected visit next week by Chinese President Xi Jinping will cost another $280,000.


Trump remained in Washington this past weekend but has visited Mar-a-Lago five weekends since taking office.


President Donald Trump and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw at Mar-a-Lago last month.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has said he believes his agency’s costs will be reimbursed by the federal government. Bradshaw discussed the issue during an in-person meeting with Trump on Feb. 20.


Frankel and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will discuss Frankel’s letter to Trump at a news conference this morning.

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