"[West Palm Beach] is a whole different world than Palm Beach," said Jim. "Palm Beach doesn't have gunshots going off at 3:00 in the morning, or dead bodies being found being routine news. They don't have to worry about meth-heads or gangs."
Furthermore, it seems like those gangs (which are already a huge problem for West Palm Beach) really don't like the dichotomy that our sitting president seems to represent. "There's a gas station on one of the routes Trump travels to Mar-A-Lago," Jim told us. "The owner is a big Trump supporter, and rolled out a big 'Welcome President Trump' sign. I gas up there one day, and the next time I pull in, the sign is down and covered with graffiti. It's from one of the gangs here. They put the biggest tag on the 'T' in Trump to make it look like 'rump.' I walk in to pay, and when I asked about the sign, the owner told me 'It happened the first night.' I can't think of a more WPB greeting for the president. It's the differences between the two worlds."
So when President Trump comes to town and redirects police manpower toward his security, it's actually making things worse.
Security Is A Nightmare
This might come as a shock to some people, but as long as you're not dressed like the forgotten bass player from Nirvana, you can basically waltz right into pretty much any country club in America. Being able to pay to do anything at a country club is another matter entirely, but they're fairly open places, and this is a security nightmare for the Secret Service.
Former Secret Service and intelligence officials have found that, unlike at the White House, guests at Mar-a-Lago can get in without any sort of background check and, to quote Politico, "afford an unprecedented opportunity for eavesdropping and building dossiers on the president's routines and habits, as well as those of the inner circle around him." A photo ID and an invite from a club member are all anyone needs to "prove" that they're legit.