As Donald Trump’s Senate court hearing began in Washington on Tuesday, an even more important issue for its immediate future was discussed by the Palm Beach City Council of Florida about 990 miles south: could former President Mar-a-Lago continue.
The council will hear their attorneys ’views on whether this could prevent Trump from living in his club. Nearly 30 years ago, in 1993, Trump’s attorney told the city that a New York real estate magnate was forbidden to live in Mar-a-Lago if the city allowed him to convert from a residence to a club.
However, the promise was not written into a written agreement, which may now take precedence.
Technically, Trump is an employee of the company that owns Mar-a-Lago – and the written agreement only prohibits members from living there. According to city regulations, the club may provide on-site housing for employees. Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago on January 20, the day he left his office.
In December, the city of South Florida received a letter from a lawyer representing a neighbor in Mar-a-Lago demanding that Trump, who lived there, be stopped. An unnamed neighbor believes Trump’s residence is reducing property values.
Trump and Melania Trump were first ladies In 2019, they moved from New York City to Mar-a-Lago. The Trump Organization issued a statement: “There is no document or agreement that would ban President Trump from using Mar-a -Lago as his residence.
Trump has two other homes near Mar-a-Lago, purchased in 1985 for $ 10 million from the estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, owner of General Foods. The 126-room mansion deteriorated after his death in 1973, when it was left to the government as a possible presidential vacation. It was returned by the government in 1981.
Trump spent millions modernizing the property while living part-time. By the early 1990s, however, he was struggling financially. He told the city that he could no longer afford the $ 3 million a year reservation and that it was unfair to bear the costs alone. He proposed the division of the property and the construction of mansions. The city rejected the proposal.
In 1993, Trump and the city agreed to turn the estate into a private club of 500 clubs. The initiation fee is now $ 200,000. The annual fees are $ 14,000. Members can stay for up to seven consecutive days and 21 days a year – but there is no ban on employees living there.
According to articles in the 1993 Palm Beach Post, Trump’s attorney, Paul Rampell, told the city council that Trump is treated like any other member.
“Another question that is often asked of me is that Mr. Trump will continue to live at Mar-a-Lago,” Rampell said. “No, except that he will be a member of the club and therefore will be entitled to use the guest rooms.”
The length of Trump’s stay at Mar-a-Lago before his presidency is unknown, but often exceeded seven days while he was in office, amounting to more than 21 days a year.
Trump often clashed with the city before becoming president. Neighbors complained about the noise, traffic, the car lot-sized American flag and its 80-meter pole that Trump erected in 2006 without proper permission. Trump was given a shorter pole and agreed to give his foundation $ 100,000 to veteran charities.
He then placed the column on a column so that it still rose to 80 feet.
Despite public quarrels, Trump performed well in the November election among his neighbors – gaining 62% of the vote in the Mar-a-Lago district.