Palm Beach County is optimistic it will get some of $7 million in available federal reimbursement for what it spent on extra security for recent visits by President-elect Donald Trump to his Mar-a-lago compound in Palm Beach.
“The good news is it should be a fairly expedited process from application to award,” Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron told county officials Thursday in an email.
Neither Bonlarron nor the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office had estimates yet on what was spent during the two weeks Trump was at Mar-a-Lago from Dec. 16 to Jan 1. PBSO said it might have a ballpark figure later this week.
County Administrator Verdenia Baker told commissioners at their Dec. 21 meeting that the county spent $250,000 just over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, for escorting Trump’s motorcade and providing additional security, and that she’d ask for federal reimbursement.
Bonlarron told The Palm Beach Post Monday that he realizes Palm Beach County is competing with New York and New Jersey, who also have handled extra security for Trump since the election.
“There should, hopefully, be some equity in how they allocate those dollars,” he said. “But I don’t take anything for granted.”
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