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On Jan. 20, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden will move into the White House — and that means President Trump is going to have to find somewhere else to live. Since he changed his legal address from Trump Tower in New York City to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., some have assumed that’s where he’ll stay after leaving Washington. There’s just one problem: per an agreement with the town of Palm Beach, no one is actually allowed to live at Mar-a-Lago full time. Yahoo News explains why, in the video “Where is President Trump going to live? Yahoo News Explains“, below:
President Donald Trump may not have conceded to President Elect Joe Biden yet, but it appears that he’s already started looking into upgrading his private residence at the so-called “Winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago. Trump changed his main residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach in September 2019. When the announcement was made, The Washington Post reported he listed his permanent address to 1100 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach — the address of Mar-a-Lago. The change of address wouldn’t normally raise any eyebrows — Trump owns the property, after all. But due to a 1993 agreement Trump reached with Palm Beach officials, the then-real estate mogul categorically denied, through his lawyer Paul Rampell, that he would live at the club. Mar-a-Lago was built by the cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. It was completed in 1927 and is located on 20 acres of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. In a twist of historical fate, Post donated the mansion to the U.S. government for use as a vacation home for presidents and visiting dignitaries. Trump loves to point out that very fact. In its history of Mar-a-Lago, Town and Country reported that the federal government, which had only just declared it a National Historic Landmark in 1980, opted to part with Mar-a-Lago the following year. The property was returned to the Post Foundation because it cost $1 million a year to maintain. Trump eventually acquired the property in 1985 for $5 million. He also paid an additional $3 million for the antiques and furniture. By the early 1990s, Trump’s casinos had begun to struggle, The Washington Post reported, and four of his hotels, Trump Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, the Trump Castle Hotel and Casino, and New York’s Plaza Hotel, filed for bankruptcy protection. The president-to-be began complaining about Mar-a-Lago’s upkeep, which he said cost him about $3 million a year. He planned to carve the property up into luxury homes, but that idea was rejected by the town council. He and his attorneys then came up with a plan to turn Mar-a-Lago into a private club. Today, Mar-a-Lago is owned by a corporation called the Mar-a-Lago Club, Incorporated. Under the terms of the agreement, Trump is not allowed to put up condominiums or co-op units, and if the club fails, it would be required to become a single-family residence again. Other terms and conditions included that Mar-a-Lago’s suites could only be used by members for three times a year, and for no longer than seven days at a time. Those seven-day stays cannot be consecutive. So if Trump is eyeing a move into Mar-a-Lago as his residence, it’s certain to generate conflict. He already sued the town of Palm Beach in 1996 to try and lift some of the conditions, but it was a losing effort. And while he voted in person in Palm Beach for the November 3 election, but The Washington Post notes he was the subject of an election fraud complaint, stating he cannot list Mar-a-Lago as a legal residence because it’s a private club. If Trump tries to move into Mar-a-Lago permanently, he could once again sue the town for that right. Yahoo News points out that the town’s leadership could opt to revoke Mar-a-Lago’s license so it can no longer operate as a business and earn an income. We may be in for more Trump legal drama well after Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021, in the video “Here’s Why Trump Won’t Live At Mar-A-Lago After The White House“, below:
In the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden received more than the 270 electoral college votes required to secure the presidency. Though Biden has essentially been declared the winner, the decision hasn’t been officially certified. On December 8th, 2020, electoral colleges convene to vote on what is called the “safe harbor” deadline. While states aren’t legally required to certify their results by this date, if they do, they can avoid Congress getting involved and resolving a potential dispute over which candidate won a particular state’s electoral college votes. December 14th, 2020, is the official day in which state electors officially cast their votes for president and vice president. Then on January 6th, 2021, the vote count is finalized and certified. Barring something completely unexpected happening between now and the vote certification day, President-elect Biden will be named the 46th president of the United States. That means current President Donald Trump will have to find another place to live. Some might assume that Trump will live at his famous Palm Beach, Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. But there is just one big glitch in those plans to prevent that from happening. The 126-room mansion on a 17-acre resort and golf club, which he has dubbed the “winter” or “southern” White House, has been the go-to vacation spot for Trump during his presidency. Last year, Trump changed his residency from New York to Florida, listing the Mar-a-Lago Club as his new permanent residence. Reportedly, one of the main reasons he moved to Florida was for the tax benefits. While Trump can certainly stay at the resort post-election, he cannot permanently live there — at least not without getting into legal trouble with the town of Palm Beach. In 1993, when he was granted permission by the town to turn the mansion into a members’ club, Trump signed an agreement with the town council to not to use it as a private residence. The agreement, per the Washington Post, states that he can spend a maximum of 21 days there a year and no more than seven days at a time. Trump, however, has already violated that 21-day limit several times over. NBC News reported back in October 2019 that Trump had already spent 133 days at Mar-a-Lago while president. So what’s really keeping Trump from living at Mar-a-Lago full-time? So if Trump wants to live at Mar-a-Lago permanently, he would have to fight the town of Palm Beach to get the old agreement changed. Otherwise, he’ll have to find a new home. Meanwhile, President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago neighbors have long complained about the noise and downdraft resulting from the Marine One helicopters landing at the resort. In early 2017, the Palm Beach Daily News reported that the town council unanimously approved a permit to construct a 50-foot concrete helipad on which Marine One could land to be used only for official presidential business. The council also made exceptions for street closures and moorings for Secret Service boats for the president’s visits. The result of the helicopter traveling from the Mar-a-Lago to the airport has reportedly been quite disruptive and ruined some of his neighbors’ landscaping. The Palm Beach town council has also ordered that Trump removes the concrete helipad on the west lawn of the ocean-to-lake estate once Trump is no longer president, since the town prohibits regular helicopter travel. So Trump will have to take his corporate copter elsewhere once he’s out of office. However this all shakes out, per Florida law, Trump is required to spend at least six months a year at Mar-A-Lago to maintain residency status. With that in mind, expect a post-presidency Trump to split his time between Mar-a-Lago, his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and at his Manhattan penthouse. Which residence he calls “home” for the long-term is still up in the air, in the video “The Reason Trump Can’t Live At Mar-A-Lago Leaving Office“, below:
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