On 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.