- A Palm Beach, Florida, attorney determined Donald Trump can legally live in his Mar-a-Lago resort.
- The decision comes after Palm Beach residents argued that Trump violated a 1993 agreement.
- The agreement specified resort guests couldn’t stay for more than “three non-consecutive seven-day periods.”
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A Palm Beach, Florida, attorney on Friday justified former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residency after backlash from other residents.
According to the Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach Town Attorney John Randolph said Trump can live at Mar-a-Lago as a “bona fide employee.”
After he left the White House, residents tried to get Trump evicted by citing a 1993 agreement between him and the city that said Trump would limit his stays at Mar-a-Lago in exchange for turning his residence into a private club.
The agreement specified that no guest, Trump included, would be allowed to stay at the club for more than “three non-consecutive seven-day periods.”
Trump was slated to move from Washington, DC, to Mar-a-Lago after his single-term presidency. He and his wife, Melania, have lived in the Florida club since.
Randolph said the 1993 agreement did not specifically restrict Trump from living at the club because he is a “bona fide employee.” Randolph told the Palm Beach Daily News that the town’s zoning codes allow private clubs to provide living arrangements for some employees.
Trump’s attorney John B. Marion said the former president is responsible for overseeing the property and its financial records, strategizing ways to improve the club, and evaluating employee performance, the Daily News reported.
Marion, at a February hearing over the former president’s residence, called Trump the “mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago,” Insider’s Jacob Shamsian previously reported.
“This guy, he wanders the property like the mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago,” Marion said of Trump. “He’s ever-present, and he loves it there, and he loves the people that he sees there.”
Randolph’s remarks come months after a town council session in which officials heard the residents argue that Trump should not legally be allowed to live there because it would violate the 1993 agreement.
Palm Beach Town Manager Kirk Blouin said since then, council members have discussed Trump’s residency with Randolph and “did not object” to his decision.
“There is no action for the town of Palm Beach to take at this time,” Blouin told the Daily News.
Mar-a-Lago normally closes after Memorial Day. Trump is expected to temporarily relocate to Bedminster, New Jersey, this summer, likely to strategize for a potential 2024 presidential run, Insider’s Tom LoBianco reported.
Over the course of his presidency, Trump decamped to Mar-a-Lago often, dubbing it his “winter White House.” Prior to his presidency, he’s visited the resort most summers for years.
Since the end of his presidency, Trump has used the resort to host Republican politicians like Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. Most recently, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted about dining with Trump at the resort.