President Donald Trump’s plan to live at Mar-a-Lago may come to a halt. Palm Beach residents are complaining that Trump’s plans to live at the private social club violate an agreement he made in 1993.
“Per the use agreement of 1993, Mar-a-Lago is a social club, and no one may reside on the property,” Reginald Stambaugh, an attorney representing the DeMoss Family that resides next door to the property, wrote in a letter. To avoid an embarrassing situation for everyone and to give the president time to make living arrangements in the area, we trust you will work with his team to remind them of the use agreement parameters. Palm Beach has many lovely estates for sale, and surely he can find one which meets his needs.”
According to the New York Times, President Trump decided on living at Mar-a-Lago for tax purposes. Stambaugh says that even the president’s plan to spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago violates the use agreement.
“As president, I think they gave him certain considerations that they felt were the appropriate things because of his status,” Glenn Zeitz, an attorney working with Stambaugh, said.
“The significant tax breaks the president received for this arrangement remain in effect, as does the use agreement,” Stambaugh wrote.” “Some press reports indicate that renovation has already commenced at Mar-a-Lago in order to make the family quarters more commodious for full-time residency.”
According to the New York Times, some conditions have not been met concerning the club. Part of the agreement addresses the length of stays by members, saying they cannot stay – “three nonconsecutive seven-day periods by any one member during the year,” there can be no more than 500 members, and the club has to file a sworn statement that 50 percent of its members live or work in Palm Beach. Some of these things have not been reported by the club.