Trump's Florida Visits Have Cost Sheriff $1.5M
In overtime costs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2017 10:19 AM CST
In this Nov. 27, 2016, file photo, Mar-a-Lago is seen from the media van window in Palm Beach, Fla.    (Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – 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, the AP reports. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw is confident 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 Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker. The county sent letters to federal officials in December seeking reimbursement for the overtime security costs from Trump's five-day visit his Mar-a-lago estate in November, the Palm Beach Post reported Tuesday. Those costs were originally estimated at $250,000, but Bradshaw said the total will be closer to $300,000. Based on the revised number, the sheriff told the newspaper the security costs are amounting to about $60,000 a day during Trump's visits to the county.

Aside from the five days in November, Trump stayed at Mar-a-lago 16 days in December. He has returned for two weekends so far in February. The sheriff's presidential detail is covered by overtime and doesn't compromise law enforcement for the rest of the county. Baker said the sheriff works closely with the Secret Service and would have a better feel about any reimbursement. "I have not received that type of information from anyone in writing," Baker said. The sheriff says he assumes he'll eventually have a conversation about reimbursement with Trump "or with someone high up in his administration." In addition to the sheriff's costs, West Palm Beach Chief Financial Officer Mark Parks estimated city police and fire rescue crews have incurred about $26,000 in overtime costs during Trump's February visits. The Post reports the town of Palm Beach did not provide estimates for its costs.

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