Boca Raton asking state to help pay for security at presidential debate

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The mayor of Boca Raton is asking Gov. Rick Scott for the state to pitch in a quarter million dollars to help with security around a presidential debate planned for later this year at Lynn University, reports the News Service of Florida.

Mayor Susan Whelchel appealed to Scott for the $250,000 after initially being turned down for money to help with the October debate security costs. “Much of the long-term positive benefits of having a Presidential Debate in Florida would be erased if there were to be a security incident,” Whelchel wrote to Scott, according to a report Wednesday in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  The city is facing a $5 million budget shortfall, and officials there are set to debate a proposed increase in the local property tax rate later this summer.

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