If former President Donald Trump goes to his New Jersey golf club for the summer, he will leave his Palm Beach home with the legal right to live there.
Palm Beach Town attorney John Randolph wrapped up arguments from neighbors claiming Trump was banned from living in Mar-a-Lago based on a usage agreement he signed with the city in 1993. The club’s ex-president, Town manager Kirk Blouin told the Daily News this week.
The 1993 agreement allowed Trump to convert private residence into a private club.
Randolph also pointed out that the city’s zoning code allows private clubs to provide housing to “employees in good faith”.
According to the city, Trump is a bona fide Mar-a-Lago employee, Randolph concluded.
The city defines “employee” as “any person who works for the facility generally on the ground and includes sole proprietorships, partners, limited partners, officers, and the like”.
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Trump’s duties in Mar-a-Lago include overseeing the property, assessing employee performance, making suggestions for club operations, reviewing club finances, attending events, greeting guests, and attending events, according to attorney John B. Marion Recommendation of candidates for membership.
The city council held a briefing session during its February session at which Randolph, Marion, and two lawyers representing Trump’s neighbors exchanged views on the matter.
No action was taken during the meeting, but in subsequent talks with Randolph, council members had no objection to his legal findings or the evidence that Trump is an employee of the club, Blouin said.
“There is currently no action on the City of Palm Beach,” he said.
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Neighbors and others who wanted the city to prevent Trump from living in his Palm Beach Club had used the 1993 deal as a clear argument as to why he couldn’t live there.
West Palm Beach attorney Reginald Stambaugh, who represents Trump’s neighbors, attempted in December to convince the council that Trump’s life in Mar-a-Lago would violate this agreement, raise security concerns and devalue the surrounding property.
Trump, who has lived at his Palm Beach Club since leaving the White House Jan. 20, is expected to visit Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey for the summer, according to multiple media reports.
The former president has been a regular summer visitor to the club since the mid-2000s. This summer he becomes ex-president for the first time.
He is expected to go there some time after the last brunch of the social season in Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, Mother’s Day.
Following this event, the club will close its main building for the summer and plan to reopen in the fall.
In a letter to members, Mar-a-Lago announced that the Beach Club will remain open until July 4th, while the spa services and gym will be available until May 30th. The tennis and croquet game will continue until May 31st.