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Some next-door neighbors are not exactly rolling out the welcome wagon for President Donald Trump and his family should the lavish Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, become their full-time residence upon leaving the White House.
A lawyer for nearby residents has reportedly advised the town and the U.S. Secret Service by letter that Mar-a-Lago is a no-go zone for the current First Family on a permanent basis because such a scenario violates a nearly 30-year-old agreement.
Thus, it could result in an “embarrassing situation” for the POTUS, such as perhaps a theoretical eviction, the attorney reportedly noted.
Trump made the private club, formerly a 128-room mansion originally built in the 1920s, his legal domicile after recently exiting New York City. He bought the place in 1985 and converted it into the now-famous resort.
According to the Washington Post, Trump supposedly signed a 1993 user agreement in which, among other stipulations, prohibited club members from staying on the premises in guest suites for more than seven days in a row with a 21 days per year cap.
Moreover, “Before the arrangement was sealed, an attorney for Trump assured the town council in a public meeting that he would not live at Mar-a-Lago.”
The White House itself has yet to issue any statement about the matter, which may or may not be another manifestation of the cancel culture, this time in the real estate sector.
The Secret Service hasn’t commented either. “If [President Trump] is suddenly blocked from living at Mar-a-Lago, the Secret Service would most likely have to scramble to develop a new plan to protect him at a different location,” the Post asserted.
“There’s absolutely no legal theory under which he can use that property as both a residence and a club,” another homeowner in the neighborhood insisted.
In the alternative, however, an unnamed Trump organization insider claimed that “There is no document or agreement in place that prohibits President Trump from using Mar-a-Lago as his residence.”
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The attorney letter was reportedly sent on behalf of the DeMoss family “which made its fortune selling life insurance and has since become involved in evangelical philanthropy,” the Daily Mail reported. “The DeMoss family has made its distaste for Trump known,” which perhaps suggests that petty politics might be the source of the controversy.
It remains to be seen if Palm Beach will actually try to force President Trump to live up to the alleged agreement.
However this plays out, it is unlikely that the billionaire ex-real estate mogul would be homeless for any length of time. Plus, Trump has a history of tangling with the local zoning board on various issues and sometimes coming up with a work-around.
The Post also claims that President Trump signed an agreement with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation in which he agreed to give up his rights to develop Mar-a-Lago “or to use it for ‘any purpose other than club use.'”
Locals have reportedly complained about security-related traffic gridlock and accompanying road closures in the area because of President Trump’s frequent comings and goings to Palm Beach during his term in office.
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