During the closing weeks of his presidency, Donald was reportedly asking advisers what it would take to get an airport renamed in his honor.
He had his eyes set on Palm Beach International since it is just a few miles from Mar-a-Lago where he’s expected to settle into his post-presidency life.
Christian Ziegler, the vice chairman of the Florida GOP and the County commissioner for Sarasota also floated the idea of renaming the airport in honor of the deeply unpopular president who incited an insurrection against the United States government.
“Seems like a a no brainer to have the airport just down the road from the Winter White House be named after President Trump,” Ziegler said. “I – and clearly the majority of voters in the State of Florida – would love to see our President land at the Donald J. Trump International Airport on Jan. 20, 2025, after finishing eight years in office.”
But, their dream of having the airport renamed after Donald Trump was squashed this week since a majority of the Palm Beach County commissioners say they do not support the idea.
“When people hear Palm Beach, they envision our beaches, our equestrian sports, and in some cases our agricultural contributions. It is a lifestyle,” County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Trump International is a name “better-suited for his golf courses, not our airport,” she added.
Ziegler, she says should “stick to renaming his own county facilities, not ours.”
Out of the seven commissioners, five oppose the renaming. The other two did not respond.
According to the Sun Sentinel, “Barack Obama has roads named after him in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. George H. Bush has a road dedicated to him in Delray Beach. Ronald Reagan’s name is attached to Florida’s Turnpike and a high school in Miami-Dade,” so there’s plenty of local precedent. So far there’s been only one renaming proposal for Donald Trump–the US 27 which runs from Miami toward north of Tallahassee across Florida.
This could be the early signs that could spell further trouble for the ex-president who likes to see his name on buildings.