Despite promising the Town of Palm Beach in 1993 that he wouldn’t live at Mar-a-Lago if the town let him convert it from a residence into a members-only tennis and pool club, former President Donald Trump has been and most likely will continue to live at the club during his post president life.
Trump has been living in a four-room, two-bath “owner’s suite” in the 126-room estate since leaving the White House last month.
“This guy, as he wanders the property, is like the mayor of the town of Mar-a-Lago, if you will,” John Marion told the Palm Beach Town Council. “He’s always present, he’s ever-present. And he loves it there. And he loves the people that he sees there.”
According to Yahoo, The former president was recently named as a hybrid property manager and social director at the resort essentially making him a “bona fide employee” of Mar-a-Lago. That title qualifies him to live there, a lawyer for the former president argued.
According to the town’s zoning rules, businesses are allowed to serve as a residence for some employees.
Some neighbors and others in the town had complained that Trump was violating his 1993 agreement. Reginald Stambaugh, a lawyer representing next-door neighbors, said the town should enforce the terms of the deal by revoking the special use permit for the club and turning it back into a residence. “And then the former president and his family could live there,” he said.
“It appears to me that Mr. Trump has met the criteria for bona fide employee, and it seems that there is nothing therefore that would prohibit him from living in the owner’s suite at Mar-a-Lago,” Council President Maggie Zeidman said citing the town’s lawyer.