The town of Palm Beach’s attorney is backing former President Trump’s residency at Mar-a-Lago, arguing in a memorandum submitted to Town Council that there are not any native codes stopping him from dwelling completely in his personal membership and golf resort.

In the memorandum submitted to Palm Beach Mayor Gail L. Coniglio and Town Council earlier than a gathering scheduled subsequent Tuesday, Feb. 9, town attorney John C. Randolph argued that the town zoning code permits Trump to reside at the membership if he’s a bona fide worker.

It’s the primary time town officers have publicly weighed in since residents, together with Mar-a-Lago’s next-door neighbors, the DeMoss household, argued in a letter to the town and U.S. Secret Service in December {that a} 1993 settlement confirmed Trump had no authorized proper to reside at the membership as a result of it particularly bars visitor stays from exceeding seven consecutive days and 21 days a 12 months.


But Randolph famous that the identical Declaration of Use Agreement signed greater than 25 years in the past “did not incorporate a direct prohibition on former President Trump residing at the club, the language of the agreement pertaining only to the members’ use of guest suites.”

“Because the agreement is silent in regard to a specific prohibition on Trump residing at the club, the town should look to its zoning code to determine whether there is any prohibition on former President Trump residing at the Mara-Lago Club,” Randolph wrote within the memorandum. The town code “prohibits living quarters within a club except for its bona fide employees.”

Randolph cited a letter penned by John Marion, an attorney representing Trump and the Mar-a-Lago Club, that claimed Trump, because the president and authorized proprietor of Mar-A-Lago Club, LLC and as a company officer, oversees the property and “is, therefore, a bona fide employee within the express terms of the town’s zoning code.”

“lf he is a bona fide employee of the club, absent a specific restriction prohibiting former President Trump from residing at the club, it appears the zoning code permits him to reside at the club,” Randolph wrote. He really helpful that the mayor and Town Council “hear presentations in regard to this matter from all interested parties, including, but not limited to, the neighbors to Mar-a-Lago, their representatives, representatives of former President Trump, the Mar-a-Lago Club and other interested parties.”

Mar-a-Lago Resort seen as Donald Trump is set to arrive after leaving office. (Cover Images via AP Images)

Mar-a-Lago Resort seen as Donald Trump is ready to reach after leaving workplace. (Cover Images by way of AP Images)


Town officers are anticipated to deliberate on the matter of Trump’s residency subsequent week and resolve what, if any, motion to take.

Trump and former first girl Melania Trump modified their residency from New York City to Mar-a-Lago in 2019. His newly based Office of the Former President is predicated in Palm Beach County. Despite the general public squabbles, Trump carried out properly in November’s election amongst his neighbors – in Mar-a-Lago’s precinct, he acquired 62% of the vote.

Last month, the Trump Organization issued an announcement, saying: “There is no document or agreement in place that prohibits President Trump from using Mar-A-Lago as his residence.” Trump owns two different houses close to Mar-a-Lago.

Trump bought Mar-a-Lago for $10 million in 1985 from the property of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the proprietor of General Foods. The 126-room mansion had deteriorated after her loss of life in 1973, when she left it to the U.S. authorities as a attainable presidential trip house. The authorities gave it again in 1981. After Trump purchased it, he spent hundreds of thousands upgrading the property whereas dwelling there part-time.

By the early Nineties, nevertheless, Trump was in monetary misery, the Associated Press reported. Real property costs dropped and several other of his companies flopped, together with a New Jersey on line casino. He instructed the town he may now not afford the $3 million annual maintenance and it was unfair that he shouldered the prices alone. He proposed subdividing the property and constructing mansions. The town rejected the proposal.


In 1993, Trump and the town agreed he may flip the property into a personal membership. It can be restricted to 500 members – the initiation payment is now $200,000 and annual dues are $14,000. For a further cost, members can keep in a set for as much as seven consecutive days and 21 days a 12 months, the settlement mentioned. During his presidency, Trump spent greater than 21 days a 12 months there, together with visits of about two weeks in the course of the Christmas holidays, incomes the membership the nickname “Winter White House.”

Before he grew to become president, Trump clashed incessantly with the town and its principally staid residents over the membership’s operation. Neighbors complained about noise, site visitors and a automotive lot-sized U.S. flag and its 80-foot pole Trump erected in 2006 with out the right permits. The two sides ultimately settled: Trump acquired a shorter pole and his basis gave $100,000 to veteran charities. Trump then put the pole on a mound so it might nonetheless rise to 80 toes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.