Donald Trump should be excited to escape the madness of Washington DC and return to his luxurious seaside Mar-a-Lago estate. Well, not so fast. Apparently, Trump’s neighbors in Palm Beach are attempting to prevent him from taking permanent residence at his famous club. According to his neighbors, there is a decade-old settlement stating that no person, including Donald, can live on the property as his full-time residence.
Lawyers for Mar-a-Lago’s neighbors wrote to Palm Beach officials in January to ask the city council to tell Trump that they were not allowed to stay at the resort. They were hoping to avoid an embarrassing incident in which the city would have to oust a former president.
The heart of the case is tied to a 1993 settlement when the site was changed from a private residence to a members club. A stipend in that agreement forbids Trump or anyone else to stay more than three times a year. He waived this condition while president.
Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago in 1985 for $ 10 million from the assets of General Foods owner Marjorie Merriver Post. He died in 1973 and the property was torn apart in the years between the purchase and sale of the property. When he died, he left the property to a prospective president’s home for the US president. The government returned her property to him in 1981.
Trump spent millions upgrading the property while living part-time. By the early 1990s, however, Trump was in serious financial trouble. NYC real estate prices had fallen and a number of their businesses had failed, including a casino in New Jersey. Trump and Palm Beach officials agreed that he could turn the property into a private club in 1993. The club was limited to 500 members. The initiation fee to join today is $ 200,000 and the annual dues are $ 14,000.
Trump has been living in Mar-a-Lago since he stepped down in January. In 2020 he switched his primary residence from Trump Tower in New York City to the Florida address of Mar-a-Lago. The move is believed to be tax related as Florida does not have a state income tax. Trump spent a lot of time at the resort during his presidency. In fact, he described Mar-a-Lago as “The Winter White House”.
Palm Beach Town Council recently discussed the issue. Palm Beach City Attorney John C. Randolph made a presentation on the matter. Randolph sent a memo to the mayor of Palm Beach and the Town Council on 28 January indicating whether Trump is technically employed by the club because of local law employees’ rights to live quarters in private clubs Provide.
For what it’s worth, Trump’s legal team believes there is no merit in the case because the 1993 agreement on the use of Mar-a-Lago does not say that the owner cannot live there. His attorneys also point out that Trump has lived in Mar-a-Lago in the past without his neighbors or Palm Beach officials for extended periods of time. He also argued that the owner’s suite is not subject to three nonconscious weeks in the same year which are guest suites. And finally, Trump’s legal team also stated that Trump is an official employee of Mar-a-Lago in his role as club president.
Palm Beach Town Council met on 9 FebruaryTh In a meeting that took seven hours to discuss issues important to the wealthy city. Amid the heated debate was the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, how the chic shopping district of downtown could be revived, and the danger of falling coconuts when palm trees were too tall.
Palm Beach city council took no action on the issue of whether Trump was living in Mar-a-Lago in violation of the 1993 agreement. Trump’s neighbors could take the case further by prosecuting the city and Mar-a-Lago. The city attorney said nothing in the 1993 settlement prevents Trump from staying at the resort.
However, attorneys representing a group of his neighbors said that his clients feared Trump’s residence in Dur-a-Lago, which could turn it into “a permanent beacon for his more swift, lawless supporters” Is, which will destroy the idyll, Palm Beach.
As it turns out, Trump would not be allowed to survive, being left out of the final written agreement for Trump in 1993, financially responsible for the preservation of property if the private club concept failed Is accepted to be.
The city attorney also pointed out that Trump’s eviction from Mar-a-Lago is largely useless because he owns several homes nearby to which he can move.