Palm Beach County administrator: We’re not a sanctuary county

trumpsanctuaryOn Thursday night — around the time the mayor of Miami-Dade County relented to pressure from the Trump administration about Miami-Dade’s designation of “sanctuary county” — Palm Beach County commissioners received an email from a “tax paying, registered democrat voting citizen” who urged them to follow the lead of their neighbor to the south.

There’s one problem.

“We never considered ourselves a sanctuary county,” Deputy County Administrator Jon Van Arnam said. “The board of county commissioners never took any action to make ourselves a sanctuary county.”

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a statement that it’s Sheriff Ric Bradshaw’s policy “to follow Federal law as it relates to federal immigration detention requests. Furthermore, ‘PBC never has been or will be a sanctuary county’, per (Bradshaw.)”

Trump said earlier this week sanctuary cities — locales that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities — could lose millions of federal dollars. Many cities are vowing legal action, arguing the threatened punishment would be unconstitutional.

“Right decision. Strong,” the president tweeted Friday morning of the Miami-Dade action.

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Palm Beach County aviation chief: security at Trump visits will be “tweaked.” Not “tweeted.”

 

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Pelly

A tweak is not a tweet.

Palm Beach County Airports Director made the slip Tuesday at a workshop presentation on flight restrictions that will be in place when President Donald Trump is at Mar-a-Lago, his “winter White House.”

The new president is notorious for tweeting out comments at all hours.

In his initial remarks. Pelly noted that Trump hasn’t made a visit yet since he was sworn in on Friday and that “things will be tweeted after the first visit.”

That brought snickers from county commissioners, and a few piped up that Pelly probably meant “tweaked.”

Pelly corrected himself, saying, “I shouldn’t have used that term.”

Commissioner Steve Abrams laughed that “now we’re going to get a tweet.”

Melania Trump’s focus on bullying gets attention of PBC

Melania Trump said she’d make cyber bullying one of her areas of focus if her husband won the presidency.

Her husband, Donald Trump, is now President Trump. And Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay wants the county’s Children and Youth Services Department to reach out to the new first lady to see how the department’s efforts could dovetail with those of Melania Trump.

“That’s a great suggestion,” Children and Youth Services Director Tammy Fields said. “We’ll look into that.”

123116 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Melania and President-elect Donald Trump leave the dance floor before midnight at Mar-a-Lago Club Saturday December 31, 2016 in the Town of Palm Beach.

Some 42 percent of 10- to 22-year olds surveyed last year listed bullying as a social/emotional issue faced by young people.

That survey was part of an overview Fields gave commissioners Tuesday on the work her department did over the past year, including the establishment of a web site that has information on youth needs and services.

Commissioner Mack Bernard expressed frustration, saying the web site isn’t enough.

“I’m really bothered by that,” he said. “I want to know what are we doing?”

The department, established two years ago, has collected data on youth in the county and established a series of “community challenges” and “action areas.”

The work of Fields and the department were praised by McKinlay and County Mayor Paulette Burdick.

Trump flight restrictions top Palm Beach County workshop agenda today

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Trump (Getty Images)

tfr02When President Donald Trump vacations at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, the Lantana airport will be shut down and general aviation at a dozen airports from Martin County to Fort Lauderdale, including Palm Beach International, will be severely hampered, Palm Beach County commissioners will hear today during a workshop.

Those restrictions could force some private flight operations and flying schools out of business, according to the presentation.

Also on today’s agenda:

A youth services “Strengthening the Steps to Success” master plan.

An update on the county’s library system.

Palm Beach County Commission Meeting:

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Where: Sixth-floor chambers, Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center, 301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach

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Pot, the president’s plane and development projects on PBC agenda

Several hot-topic items are on Palm Beach County’s to-do list this week, including discussions about how to deal with Air Force One flights into Palm Beach International Airport, a new zoning framework for western portions of the county and whether to move forward with a one-year moratorium on zoning applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers.

On Tuesday, commissioners are expected to get a presentation from Airports Director Bruce Pelly on how to deal with flight restrictions stemming from future arrivals of Air Force One, which will be bringing President Donald Trump to his part-time home at Mar-a-Lago.

The airport discussion is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. at the Weisman Governmental Center at 301 N. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. It is the third item on Tuesday’s agenda, following a 9:30 a.m. discussion of youth services in the county and an 11 a.m. overview of the county’s library system.

During a zoning meeting that begins Thursday at the Weisman Governmental Center at 9:30 a.m., commissioners will consider whether to move forward with a new zoning framework that would accommodate large development projects proposed for western portions of the county.

Commissioners will also consider a one-year moratorium on zoning applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

If given preliminary approved on Thursday, both the new zoning framework and the moratorium would be up for final approval on February 23.

President Obama arrives on Air Force One at Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Park in Ft. Pierce on June 3, 2016.  He will be spending the weekend playing golf at Palm City's Floridian National Golf Club, which straddles the line between St. Lucie and Martin counties.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

 

 

Palm Beach County hopeful it will get federal money for Trump security

122216-trump-palm-beach-_01 trumpcopsPalm 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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Palm Beach County to talk Air Trump

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What to do about that plane? The one that part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump will be using when he visits his Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach. No, not the one with his name emblazoned on the tail. The one he’ll start riding in after Jan. 20 that says “United States of America.”

On the agenda for a Jan. 24 Palm Beach County Commission workshop: “Airport presentation on presidential visits.”

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Pelly

County Airports Director Bruce Pelly told The Palm Beach Post Wednesday only that he was “still working on” his presentation about how the county will handling landings by Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, a short ride west of Mar-a-Lago.

Even before the Donald’s stunning upset win on Nov. 8, the county was mulling how to handle his visits should he become president. He visited for Thanksgiving and is there now for the Christmas-New Year holidays. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for the airspace over Mar-a-Lago, to run through Monday night. It allows flights into and out of Palm Beach International Airport to fly over the club, but bans smaller planes without FAA approval. Trump has been spending holidays at Palm Beach for two decades.

County seeking reimbursement of Trump costs

Palm Beach County is seeking federal reimbursement for costs associated with escorting and providing security for President-elect Donald Trump, who spent the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-A-Lago mansion on Palm Beach.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker said the cost of escorting Trump’s motorcade and providing additional security over the holiday was roughly $250,000.

Baker’s staff is drafting a letter to the county’s U.S. congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is keeping track of Trump-related costs.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

Trump pays property taxes in PBC in time for discount

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Getting elected president of the United States doesn’t get you out of paying your taxes.

President-elect Donald Trump ponied up for real estate he owns in Palm Beach County – including his lavish Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach – to the collective tune of $190,667.73.

Mar-a-Lago was responsible for $146,927.03 of that bill.

The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office @TAXPBC tweeted out that Trump paid his bills on Monday, in time to get a 4 percent discount for those who pay by the end of November.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

 

Palm Beach County Commission to congratulate Trump

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Getty Images)
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Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Burdick (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Part-time Palm Beach County resident Donald Trump will get a congratulatory letter from the Palm Beach County Commission, but it will be more in the spirit of unity than enthusiasm.

At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Steven Abrams suggested drafting such a letter to the president-elect, “wishing him the best in his presidency.”

New Mayor Paulette Burdick, a longtime Democratic activist, looked like she’d bit into a lemon.

“Thank you, Mr. Abrams. Good suggestion,” she said, appearing to want to let the issue die. When Abrams persisted, she said, “If I am directed by the board to do it, I will do it.”

Abrams cited post-election national calls for unity and noted Trump’s connections to the county and the prospects of a “second White House” at his Mar-a-Lago compound in Palm Beach. Where, coincidentally, Trump will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” said Abrams, a longtime Republican who noted many people crossed party lines on Nov 8,  but didn’t say how he voted.

“We in Palm Beach County are always gracious,” Burdick said. “I’m sure we can draft an appropriate letter to Mr. Trump.”

And Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, also a strong Democrat, said, “it does send the right tone that we’re willing to cross the aisle.”