Trump can live full-time at club as ‘bona fide employee’, says Palm Beach lawyer – fr

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Trump can live full-time at club as ‘bona fide employee’, says Palm Beach lawyer – fr


The lawyer for the city of Palm Beach has ruled that Donald Trump is allowed to live full time in his Mar-a-Lago Club as a “bona fide employee.”
John “Skip” Randolph had previously sent a letter to city council recommending that it allow the former president to live on the property, despite a 1993 agreement with the city that prohibited him from being used as a residence.

Strict rules regarding the length of stay of members at the club were enforced when its use was transferred from a private residence to a for-profit club and resort.

However, city zoning rules allow private clubs to allow employee accommodation and Mr. Randolph is confident Mr. Trump meets the criteria, Palm Beach Daily News reports.

Mr Trump’s attorney, John Marion, had previously provided the city with proof that the former president was heavily involved in the management of the club.

A list of his duties including: “overseeing property, evaluating employee performance, suggesting improvements to club operations, reviewing club finances, attending events, welcoming guests and recommending candidates for membership.”

The news comes as the Trump family getting ready to take off to their residence at their Bedminster, New Jersey golf club for the summer, as they do every year when the weather gets too hot in Florida and hurricane season is approaching.

Palm Beach residents had complained about the presence of the former president citing rules on how long members stay in Mar-a-Lago, but regulations regarding employees specifically mention those who are “sole owners” of the hotel. club.

“This guy, as he walks around the property, is like the mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago, if you will,” Marion told council at a meeting in february.

“He is always present, he is always present. And he loves it there. And he loves the people he sees there.

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Mr. Trump has owned Mar-a-Lago since 1985, converting it to a membership club in 1993 when his financial problems forced him to re-evaluate his assets. It was at this point that the local authorities imposed the regulations in force.

The board had previously been made aware of Mr. Trump’s involvement in the management of the club and the ownership of Mar-a-Lago Club LLC, which was transferred to his name on January 25 after being held in trust while ‘he was president.

Mr Marion said he understands how forced neighbors are to see a sitting president on a regular basis, but now things are different and the presence of police and secret services has diminished.

If Mr Trump were to move to one of the other four properties he owns near the club, the disruption would be much worse, Mr Marion argued.

The Spanish Colonial Revival style mansion was built by grain heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and construction was completed in 1927. It is the 22nd largest house in the United States – the White House arrives at number 33 .

Upon Ms Post’s death in 1973, she bequeathed the 17-acre estate to the federal government as a Winter White House for the use of visiting presidents and dignitaries. However, neither the Nixon nor Carter administrations were interested in using it.

In 1980 Mar-a-Lago was declared a National Historic Landmark and in 1981 it was returned to the Post Foundation, which put it up for sale at $ 20 million.

Mr. Trump ultimately bought the property for between $ 7 million and $ 10 million.

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