Palm Beach officials mull evicting Trump from Mar-a-Lago as his second impeachment trial begins

Palm Beach officials mull evicting Trump from Mar-a-Lago as his second impeachment trial begins
President Donald Trump discussing the California wildfires with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long on November 14, 2018, Joyce N. Boghosian

As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., kicked off former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, officials in Palm Beach, Fla., mulled over evicting him from his luxury golf resort Mar-a-Lago.

According to The Washington Post, a group of Florida lawmakers discussed a possibility that could lead to serious consequences for Trump — whether or not he has violated community guidelines he vowed to uphold. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Palm Beach town council held a virtual meeting where they discussed if Trump should be allowed to continue living at the luxury golf club.

Since Trump departed Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, he has been residing at the national historic landmark where he is reportedly "licking his wounds" after losing his presidential bid for a second term in the White House. While the golf resort is befitting for relaxation, there is a clause in the 1993 agreement he signed with the town that could prohibit Trump from living there. Neighbors near Mar-a-Lago argue that the agreement bars the former president from making the golf community his permanent residence.

Business Insider previously reported:

"The neighbors say that a 1993 agreement converting the site from a private residence into a members' club prevents the former president or anyone else from living there for more than three times a year for up to a week each time."

While some of the town council members have argued that Trump should abide by the terms of the agreement, others insist there is no reason why he cannot live there.

"It seems there is nothing … that would prohibit him from living in the owner's suite," Palm Beach Town Council President Margaret A. Zeidman said during the virtual meeting, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Zeidman's remarks come just one month after Palm Beach attorney John C. Randolph also argued that Trump could legally live at Mar-a-lago as he referred to the golf community's living quarters for employees, according to People magazine.

"Pointing to the town's zoning code, which Randolph said allows that "a private club may provide living quarters for bona fide employees only," he said that an employee of a private club is defined as "any person generally working on site for the establishment ... and includes sole proprietors [and other owners]."

Randolph said, "I have been advised that former President Trump is indeed an employee under this definition."


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