Trump’s Weekends at Mar-a-Lago Threatens to Bankrupt Palm Beach County
Donald Trump’s weekends at Mar-a-Lago have cost the American taxpayers $3 million a week, adding up to $156 million if this continues for the duration of the administration.
Trump promised during his presidential campaign that he “would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done” and vowed that he “would not be a president who took vacations”; however he has spent 7 weekends since his inauguration at Trump-branded properties.
Trump: “Major meeting” tonight at Mar-a-Lago to “talk all about the VA”
*turns to VA Sec.*
Will you be there?
*awkwardly shakes head no* pic.twitter.com/Up2tPEIxbO
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 17, 2017
On top of those exorbitant costs, the County of Palm Beach in Florida is also being forced to spend millions to secure Trump and his for-profit resort. Currently the Palm Beach sheriff’s office has assessed $1.5 million for deputies dispatched to Mar-a-Lago for security purposes.
The Palm Beach County commissioner appealed to the Trump administration for financial reimbursement for the “unfair… burden” his trips to Florida are causing. One proposed idea is to attach a “special benefit” fee onto Mar-a-Lago itself to recoup security costs; another proposal is to raise city taxes or make cuts in local budgets.
As of now the budget for Palm Beach County is $40 million in the red because of the burden Trump poses thanks to his weekly visits.
Both choices hurt residents of Palm Beach County at the cost of Trump’s weekends of golfing and hob-knobbing with members of the resort.
Palm Beach County business have suffered because of Trump’s incessant vacationing. Local airports face “devastation” due to flight restrictions whenever Trump is in town. A small airport 15 minutes from Mar-a-Lago has been all but shut down when Trump is in town. Temporary Flight Restriction orders from the Secret Service are adding to the monetary damage of those local airports.
The owner of one local airport has complained about losing upwards of “33% of [his] business”. He said: “I’m surviving, but I don’t know how much longer. I lose $8,500 a weekend when we’re shut down. For a small guy like me, that’s a lot of money.”
Residents have begun complaining about the undue noise over their homes caused by Trump’s planes because of redirection of flight patterns for commercial airlines.
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