The town of Palm Beach, Florida, is reviewing Donald Trump’s use of his Mar-a-Lago Club as a residence, even as the former president is set to once again violate a length-of-stay provision he himself agreed to three decades ago.
At 11:32am Wednesday, Trump will have been at his property for more than seven consecutive days in 2021, having arrived a week earlier, half an hour before his successor, Joe Biden, was sworn in at the US Capitol.
A 1993 “special exception use” permit that Trump signed, allowing him to convert the mansion into a for-profit social club, stipulated that only 10 guest accommodations were allowed and that no one would stay there longer than seven days, and not more than three times a year.
Palm Beach Mayor Kirk Blouin told HuffPost that Trump’s apparent decision to live there permanently is being examined by the town’s lawyer. “This matter is under legal review by our Town Attorney, John ‘Skip’ Randolph,” Blouin said, adding that the matter may come before the town council at its February 8 meeting.
Randolph confirmed that he is reviewing the issue, but said he has not made any preliminary findings.
The Trump Organisation ― Trump’s family business that operates Mar-a-Lago, his golf courses, his hotels and his various other properties ― said in a statement: “There is absolutely no document or agreement in place that prohibits President Trump from using Mar-a-Lago as his residence.”
The twice-impeached former president bought the winter estate in 1985. By 1993, facing financial problems after driving his casinos into bankruptcy, he was having trouble affording the upkeep on the 118-room mansion. The town agreed to let him convert it into a social club so long as Trump agreed to a host of restrictions, one of which was not to let it become a hotel or subdivided residences.
“The use of guest suites shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) non-consecutive seven (7) day periods by any one member during the year,” the...