Sheriff Ric Bradshaw working to minimize inconvenience of Trump visit for the public

Posted at 11:39 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 15:26:00-05

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to arrive at Mar-a-Lago for the holidays.


The U.S Coast Guard has restricted access to the waterways around Trump’s Palm Beach home until Jan. 3, indicating his stay could last more than two weeks.

Flight restrictions go into effect Friday night.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says he, along with state and federal law enforcement, will be working to keep Trump safe while still minimizing the burden to the public.


Drivers can expect some occasional road closures as his motorcade moves around, especially along Southern Boulevard, the route from the airport to Mar-a-Lago.


“We don’t want to cause a lot of inconvenience to the public, the dignitaries don’t want to do that either. But, there are certain security constraints that we have to deal with,” Bradshaw said.


Bradshaw says any of his family who visits him or elected officials and dignitaries will also get protection.


Trump will also have a full security detail anytime he leaves his Palm Beach home.


“I don’t think you’re going to see him traveling all over the place and the reason is, he understands what it takes to move him from place to place,” Bradshaw said.


Residents along the Intracoastal are getting used to their new ‘normal’. They know restrictions will go into place when the president-elect visits, and they could face some road detours.


For Susan, who did not want to be identified by her last name, it is not a new situation.


She’s used to the inconveniences of living near dignitaries.


“I lived in New York city and other dignitaries, like Fidel Castro, used to come. We used to have a lot of blockage off with the streets,” Susan said.


Trump’s escort from PBI to Mar-a-Lago during Trump’s Thanksgiving visit took 11 minutes, according to Bradshaw. He expects this next escort should take about the same amount of time.


Trump’s Thanksgiving visit cost the sheriff’s office nearly $250,000 in overtime.




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