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February 15, 2017 07:05
Trump Visits To Florida Costs $1.5 Million

President Donald Trump's visits to his South Florida estate since he was elected president have cost the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department $1.5 million in overtime costs.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is confident about the money his department has spent while assisting the Secret Service will be reimbursed by the federal government.

"I do hope he is correct," said the Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker.

The county sent letters to the federal officials in December seeking reimbursement for the overtime security costs from Trump's five-day visit to the estate called Mar-a-lago in November, the Palm Beach Post reported on Tuesday.

Those costs were originally estimated at $250,000, but Bradshaw said that the total will be closer to $300,000. Based on the revised number, the sheriff told to newspaper the security costs are amounting to about $60,000 a day during Trump's visits to the county.

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Aside from the five days in November, Trump stayed at Mar-a-lago for 16 days in December. Trump has returned for two weekends so far in February.

The sheriff's presidential detail is covered by overtime and does not compromise law enforcement for the rest of the county.

Baker said that the sheriff works closely with the Secret Service and would have a better feel about any reimbursement. Baker also said that,"I have not received that type of information from anyone in writing."

Presidential visits are not unusual in the Palm Beach County as Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all made multiple visits for fundraisers, golf outings and the campaign appearances. But they did not involve extended stays.

In addition to the sheriff's costs, West Palm Beach Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks estimated that the city police and fire rescue crews have incurred about $26,000 in overtime costs during Trump's February visits. The Post reports that the town of Palm Beach did not provide estimates for its costs.

By Mrudula.

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