Small Airport Businesses to Trump: Your Florida Visits Hurt

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Feb 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-17 12:23:00-05

LANTANA, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump's weekend visits to his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort are costing flight schools and other small companies at a nearby airport thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

The Secret Service is closing Lantana Airport this weekend because it is 6 miles from Mar-a-Lago, where Trump has a home. It's the third straight week the airport businesses have had to close because of the president's visit.

Airport operator Jonathan Miller says everyone agrees the president needs to be kept safe but hopes that some kind of compromise can be found to keep the facility open during Trump's visits. Otherwise, he fears that some of the airport's 28 businesses will go under.

The Secret Service declined comment.

Trump flies into Palm Beach International Airport, which remains open during his visits.

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