Mar-a-Lago Locals Try Legally Blocking Trump From Returning Home
The Trump Organization has responded sternly to the legal challenge.
With President Trump coming to the end of his first term, it is looking more and more likely that his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election will fall short.
Trump has insisted that the election was “stolen” from him via widespread voter fraud, and his legal team has claimed that some tomfoolery was afoot with the voting systems used in several key states. These allegations have yet to find any successful footing in court, and time is running out.
This means that Donald Trump could soon be heading down to Mar-a-Lago, his resort in Florida, to spend his post-presidency days.
But not if some of his neighbors get their way.
President Donald Trump’s expected move to his Mar-a-Lago club after he leaves office next month is being challenged by a lawyer who says a 1990s agreement allowing Trump to convert the Florida property into a business prohibits anyone from living there, including him.
Attorney Reginald Stambaugh sent a letter this week to the Town of Palm Beach saying he represents a neighbor who doesn’t want the president to take up residence at the 17-acre property because it would decrease the area’s property values. He also asserts that a microwave security barrier operated by the Secret Service is harming his client, who he says is exhibiting symptoms of microwave exposure. He did not give the client’s name.
The president and first lady Melania Trump changed their legal residence from New York City to Palm Beach last year. Stambaugh says that violates the 1993 agreement between Trump and the town that allowed him to turn Mar-a-Lago from a private home into a club that has 10 guest rooms for rent.
The agreement says only members can stay overnight and for no more than 21 days per year, divided into three one-week stays that cannot run consecutively. The question is whether Trump is a club member and covered by those rules. Stambaugh believes he is — and comments Trump’s lawyer made in 1993 back that up.
The parties involved released dueling statements this week.
“In order to avoid an embarrassing situation for everyone and to give the President time to make other living arrangements in the area, we trust you will work with his team to remind them” of the agreement, Stambaugh wrote. “Palm Beach has many lovely estates for sale and surely he can find one which meets his needs.” He did not immediately respond to a call and email Thursday seeking further comment.
The Trump Organization issued a statement Thursday saying, “There is no document or agreement in place that prohibits President Trump from using Mar-A-Lago as his residence.”
President Trump’s rumored plans to launch his 2024 campaign during Joe Biden’s inauguration would likely see the former NYC business mogul out on the road for the next four years, however, possibly rendering this entire fiasco moot.
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