Palm Beach city council members will hear a legal expert’s opinion on the possibility that the council could prevent Donald Trump from living in Mar-a-Lago, the former president’s club, following a condition set by himself 30 years ago , which forbade him to live in his club, even if he wanted to turn his residence into a resort, just as it did.
However, this clause was not written in the agreement, given that the controversy now concerns whether Trump will be able to use the country club as his residence after leaving the White House on January 20.
The written agreement prohibits only club members from residing. And the former president is considered one of the employees of the company that manages the Mar-a-Lago club.
However, the Trump Organization, the family business entity, issued a statement that states that “there is no document or agreement in force that prohibits Donald Trump from using Mar-a-Lago as his residence, as he also has two other houses nearby your club ”.
Under Palm Beach regulations, a club can provide local housing for its employees.
In December 2020, the Florida city council received a letter from a lawyer representing a neighbor of the Trump club, demanding that the Republican not live there, claiming that the presence of the former President in the locality could negatively influence the property values in the zone.
It should be mentioned that businessman Donald Trump acquired Mar-a-Lago for about eight million euros in 1985, when it belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, owner of the company General Foods.
After the death of Merriweather Post in 1973, the 126-room mansion began to deteriorate and was left to the U.S. Government as a potential presidential vacation home, having been returned by the authorities in 1981.
To restore this mansion, Trump spent several million dollars to recover the property. In the early 1990s, the Republican businessman was experiencing financial difficulties and so he proposed to divide the land and build mansions with the support of the Fort Lauderdale municipality, which had been rejected.
It was only in 1993 that Trump and the municipality signed an agreement that authorized to transform the property into a private club, limited to 500 members, with a registration fee that, at the moment, is around 160 thousand euros and with an annual fee of a little more than 10 thousand euros per registration.
The agreement also explained that members could only stay in one room for a maximum of seven days in a row and 21 days a year. However, nothing was recorded regarding the employees living in the club.
Still, according to 1993 articles in the local Palm Beach Post, Trump’s lawyer Paul Rampell said the former President would be treated like any member, with access to the rooms if the city council approved the deal.
This is not the first time that the businessman is confronted with the autarchy and the residents of the North American city. Trump has already been in trouble due to noise, traffic and a giant United States flag flying on a 24-meter flagpole, which the Republican decided to lift without official authorization in 2006.