Town of Palm Beach conducting legal review to determine if Trump family can live at Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach, Fla., is conducting a legal review as to whether President Donald Trump and his family can live permanently at the Mar-a-Lago resort. On January 20, 2021 the president, Melania, and Barron left the White House and relocated to the private club where they maintain a separate living area on the grounds.

“Our town attorney is reviewing the agreement and the laws surrounding it,” Town Manager Kirk Blouin said, according to The Hill. Trump made the resort, formerly a 126-room mansion originally built in the 1920s, his legal domicile after exiting the Trump Tower in New York City in 2019.

He bought the place in 1985 and converted it into the now-famous resort, spending millions on upgrades in the process.

Political harassment and cancel culture may or may not be at the core of this review. The legal due diligence revolves around a purported agreement that then-businessman Trump signed in 1993 which, among other stipulations, prohibited club members — which apparently includes the ex-POTUS — from staying on the premises for more than seven days in a row with a 21 days per year cap.

The town manager told another news outlet in December 2020 the matter of Trump’s residency would be addressed appropriately if or when Trump officially decided to call Mar-a-Lago home.

There is, as yet, no timetable for the completion of the legal review. The situation could come up at the next town council meeting which is scheduled for February 9.

An unnamed Trump organization insider has claimed, however, that “There is no document or agreement in place that prohibits President Trump from using Mar-a-Lago as his residence.”

At year’s end, at least one neighbor — through a lawyer — complained that Trump was violating the nearly 30-year old document. Trump nonetheless won 62 percent of the Election 2020 vote in the general Mar-a-Lago neighborhood.

It remains to be seen if Palm Beach will actually try to force Donald Trump to live up, as it were, to the alleged agreement and try to evict him. A Trump lawyer allegedly told the town council in 1993 that “another question that’s often asked to me is whether Mr. Trump will continue to live at Mar-a-Lago. No, except that he will be a member of the club and therefore will be entitled to the use of guest rooms,” the Associated Press reported.

Whichever way this plays out, it is unlikely that in the end, the billionaire ex-real estate mogul would be homeless for very long, especially since he already owns a couple of other homes in the area.

That said, Trump has a history of tangling with the town’s zoning board on various issues and sometimes coming up with a work-around.

President Trump’s children are also Florida bound. Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have already purchased property in an exclusive enclave in Miami-Dade County, and newly engaged Tiffany Trump is reportedly also planning to move to the Miami area.

Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle are reportedly looking at homes in the Palm Beach area. Eric Trump and wife Lara are, so far, the holdouts, and that might be because of Lara’s alleged political aspirations in North Carolina.


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