Trump in Palm Beach: $1 million reimbursement coming, Frankel says


Palm Beach County taxpayers will get a $1 million reimbursement from the federal government for the costs of protecting Donald Trump when he stayed in Palm Beach as president-elect.

The money was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice last month and announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, whose district includes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Frankel and Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick have scheduled a Wednesday news conference to discuss the federal grant.

Palm Beach County has also applied for about $3.5 million in federal reimbursements for security costs associated with Trump’s visits to Palm Beach as president.

According to a breakdown provided by Frankel’s office, the reimbursement for pre-inauguration costs includes $964,982 for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, $24,343 for Town of Palm Beach Police Department, $11,355 for the West Palm Beach Police Department and $2,683 for the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

Another $24,562 will go to law enforcement in Orange County, where Trump held a rally as president-elect last December.

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An April budget deal set aside $20 million for “extraordinary law enforcement and related costs” incurred by local governments to protect Trump from Nov. 9 through his inauguration on Jan. 20. Earlier legislation included $7 million for pre-inauguration reimbursements.

The county said in July that it spent $1.5 million on overtime for sheriff’s deputies and fire rescue personnel while Trump was at Mar-a-Lago as president-elect.

Congress also approved a $41 million pot of money to reimburse local law enforcement agencies for security costs associated with President Trump’s visits to his residences at Mar-a-Lago, Bedminster, N.J., and New York City. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said in July that it had incurred about $4.5 million in overtime during Trump’s presidential visits.

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