Palm Beach City Council is currently considering whether former President Donald Trump can live in his Mar-a-Lago club
Council members will hear their attorney’s views on whether the city can ban Trump from living in his club. This attorney was offered by Trump’s attorney nearly 30 years ago: in 1993, he told the city that Trump was forbidden to live there if he allowed him to convert from a place of residence to a club. But this promise was not explicitly included in the written agreement, which may take precedence.
This is because Trump is technically an employee of the company that officially 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 its employees. Trump moved to Mar-a-Lago on January 20, the day he left his office.
The city of South Florida received a letter in December from a lawyer representing a neighbor in Mar-a-Lago demanding that Trump be banned from living there. An unnamed neighbor believes Trump’s residence would reduce property values.
Trump and Melania Trump were first ladies In 2019, they moved from New York City to Mar-a-Lago. The family organization, the Trump Organization, issued a statement: “There is no document or agreement that would ban President Trump from using Mar-A-Lago as a residence. “Trump has two other homes near Mar-a-Lago.
In 1985, Trump bought Mar-a-Lago from Marjorie Merriweather Post, owner of General Foods, for $ 10 million. The 126-room mansion deteriorated after his death in 1973, when he entrusted the U.S. government with a possible presidential vacation. It was returned by the government in 1981.
After Trump bought it, he spent millions modernizing the property while living part-time.
By the early 1990s, however, Trump was in financial trouble. Property prices have fallen and a number of businesses have turned around, including a New Jersey casino. He told the city that he could no longer afford the $ 3 million a year reservation and that it was unfair to bear the cost 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. It would be limited to 500 members – the initiative fee is now $ 200,000 and the annual fees are $ 14,000.
Under this agreement, members can stay in a suite for up to seven consecutive days and 21 days a year – but there is no ban on employees living there.
Nevertheless, according to articles in the 1993 Palm Beach Post, Paul Rampell, Trump’s attorney, told the city council that if the agreement is approved, Trump will be 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 told the council, according to the Post. “No, except that he will be a member of the club and therefore will be entitled to use the guest rooms.”
Trump’s stay at Mar-a-Lago before his presidency was unknown, but he often exceeded seven consecutive days while he was in office, including about two weeks of visits during the Christmas holidays. His stay meant well over 21 days a year.
Even before he became president, Trump often clashed with the city and the most desperate residents over the operation of the club. Neighbors complained about noise, traffic, an American flag corresponding to the multitude of cars, and an 80-meter (24-meter) pole that Trump erected in 2006 without proper permits. The two sides finally settled: Trump was given a shorter pole and agreed that his foundation would give $ 100,000 to veteran charities.
Trump then placed the column on a column so it still rose to a height of 24 meters.
Despite public quarrels, Trump performed well in the November election among his neighbors – gaining 62% of the vote in the Mar-a-Lago district.