Trump can’t live at Mar-a-Lago – it’s Zoned as a Hotel


Manuel Roig-Franzia and Carol D. Leonnig report on a strange turn of events for President Donald Trump’s plans to reside in Palm Beach, Florida once his presidential term is over: his future neighbors don’t want him to live it Mar-a-Lago, and they say that an agreement signed by the president in 1993 prevents him from doing so.

“In the demand letter, obtained by The Washington Post, an attorney for the Mar-a-Lago neighbors says the town should notify Trump that he cannot use Mar-a-Lago as his residence,” write Roig-Franzia and Leonnig. “Making that move would ‘avoid an embarrassing situation’ if the outgoing president moves to the club and later has to be ordered to leave, according to the letter sent on behalf of the neighbors, the DeMoss family, which runs an international missionary foundation.

The 1993 agreement signed by Trump prohibits club members from staying in the club’s guest suites for more than 21 days total a year, and limits stays to no more than seven days consecutively.

“The legal maneuver could, at long last, force Palm Beach to publicly address whether Trump can make Mar-a-Lago his legal residence and home, as he has been expected to do, when he becomes an ex-president after the swearing-in of Joe Biden on Jan. 20,” according to the article.

Roig-Franzia and Leonnig note, however, that Palm Beach has been lax in enforcing other parts of the agreement.

Another article by Zack Budryk provides additional coverage of the controversy.

Both articles note that Trump’s disagreements with neighbors of Mar-a-Lago date back to before Trump’s presidency, but complains about traffic jams and other frustrations have continued throughout the past four years.

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