Rumor has it that after his term ends this week, President Donald Trump will be settling down at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, just a short drive away from his golf club in West Palm Beach — but it seems not everybody is happy with those plans.
According to the Washington Examiner, at least one official in Palm Beach County is looking into ways to throw out the long-term lease that allowed for the construction and continued operation of the Trump International Golf Club in an unincorporated part of West Palm Beach.
The development follows news last month that some of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago neighbors had sought legal remedies to prevent him from living at his own resort full-time after his presidency ends, the Examiner reported.
The Palm Beach Post was first to report that Howard Falcon, the chief assistant county attorney for Palm Beach, said he’d received a request from a county commissioner, who he did not name, to investigate whether it was possible for the county to cancel its long-term lease with the Trump-owned golf course there.
Falcon, who noted that Trump pays $88,338 per month in rent on the leased property, reportedly told the Post he didn’t believe there was any viable way for the county to back out of the contract.
The deal for the land was sealed in 2002 in the form of a 99-year agreement, reports noted.
“It would be a stretch”
“My initial reaction is it would be a stretch,” the county attorney said of efforts to terminate the lease, according to the Post.
The Post further reported that an attorney for Trump, who asked to remain anonymous, had discussed the issue with Falcon and similarly reached the conclusion that there was “no basis for canceling the lease.”
Falcon told the Post that he had looked over the documents and didn’t find any provisions that would allow for it to be canceled over “bad” behavior. He also said he told the unnamed county official as much.
Elsewhere in Palm Beach, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Trump is expected to take up permanent residence at Mar-a-Lago, along with a handful of aides, after leaving the White House on Wednesday.
However, some residents in the area are none too thrilled about the move, and have argued that Trump would be violating a mid-1990s agreement that changed the classification of the Mar-a-Lago property from private residence to private club, ostensibly barring him from living there permanently.
It remains to be seen if the president’s soon-to-be neighbors will succeed in their efforts to prevent him from moving in, but in the meantime, at least one thing is becoming clear: even as his term in office comes to a close, the seemingly baseless lawsuits against Trump won’t be coming to an end any time soon.