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Palm Beach officials concerned about costs of Trump visits



WASHINGTON -- With President Trump headed back to Mar-a-Lago on Friday, Palm Beach County officials are starting to worry about the costs of security and lost business.

As the Palm Beach Post reports:

Flight restrictions associated with Trump’s visit last weekend cost Palm Beach County airports nearly $250,000, according to a report sent to county commissioners. That includes $217,000 in lost revenue for one fixed base operator at Palm Beach International Airport and $30,000 in lost business at the nearby Lantana airport.

Security costs haven’t been totaled for Trump’s latest visit, but his five-day visit as president-elect over Thanksgiving weekend led to $248,000 in overtime costs for Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies.

Sen. Marco Rubio weighed in on Twitter.

Friday's trip with Japanese Prime Minister Abe is Trump's second visit to Florida since he was sworn in.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:12am]


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