Cong. Frankel to meet with Lantana aviation firms about losses from restrictions during Trump visits

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tfr02U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, is scheduled to meet Monday, at the Lantana airport, with Palm Beach County airport officials and some of the people whose aviation businesses are suffering because of flight restrictions imposed when  President Donald Trump visits his Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago compound.

Business have reported some $250,000 in losses — with several not yet reporting — just from the president’s first visit last weekend. With Trump set to return again today for a weekend that includes talks with the prime minister of Japan, some firms have said repeated Trump visits could run them out of business.

Airport officials have stressed it is the Secret Service, not Trump, which imposed the restrictions. They all acknowledged the need to protect the president and said they recognize the Secret Service can’t afford to be 95 percent right. But they’ve said publicly, and in correspondence with both the Secret Service and the White House, that they hope the agency will find ways to both protect Trump and avoid harming businesses. Officials  also have called on Trump himself to lobby the Secret Service.

According to a memo from Frankel’s office, she’s set to meet with Palm Beach County Airports Director Bruce Pelly and Jonathan Miller, part-owner of Stellar Aviation, the “fixed base operator” and landlord at the airport, listed as the 10th busiest “general aviation” air facility in the nation.

County Commissioner Dave Kerner, whose district includes the Lantana airport, tweeted Friday afternoon that he’ll also be there.

Also invited: private aircraft owner Kelly Gottlieb; Florida Aero Paint manager Chris Cura; Palm Beach Helicopters owner Dan Crowe; Palm Beach Flight Training owner Marian Smith; Skywords Advertising owner Jorge Gonzalez; a representative of Sarasota Avionics; private aircraft owner Phil Valente; and Palm Beach Aircraft Services owner Dave Johnson, who also chairs the airport’s advisory board and is local representative to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which represents small plane owners nationwide.

 

 

Frankel’s scheduled to talk to reporters following the meeting.

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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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