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Coast Guard Tightens Grip on Mar-a-Lago Waterways

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Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 11:41 AM

The Coast Guard is planning to create permanent security zones around Mar-a-Lago as it beefs up its protection of President Donald Trump when he visits Palm Beach.

The agency revealed the proposal in the Federal Register and asked for input from boaters and local residents who use the waters around the private country club, owned by Trump and used as his "Winter White House."

The zone would include "certain waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of the Mar-a-Lago Club and the Southern Boulevard Bridge in Palm Beach," the Coast Guard said.

"This action is necessary to protect the official party, the public and the surrounding waterway from terrorist acts, sabotage or other subversive acts, accidents, or other causes of a similar nature."

Since January, the Coast Guard has secured three areas on a temporary basis during Trump's visits, but the new plan would be permanent.

The Palm Beach Daily News reports boaters who cross into the security zones would face civil penalties of more than $88,000, a criminal fine up to $10,000 or a 12-year prison term.

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The Coast Guard is planning to create permanent security zones around Mar-a-Lago as it beefs up its protection of President Donald Trump when he visits Palm Beach.
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