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Trump Plaza condo board in West Palm Beach votes to dump Trump name in wake of Capitol siege

A West Palm Beach condominium has unanimously voted to drop its Trump Plaza legal name in the wake of the January 6 storming of the Capitol.

The Trump Plaza condo board voted on January 19 to change the name of the two luxurious towers which has paved the way for its residents to vote on a new name, the Palm Beach Post reported.

‘It’s been a long time in coming,’ one Trump Plaza owner told the Post. 

‘Most of us are relieved that the name will finally be off the buildings.’

Trump Plaza in Palm Beach has voted to change its name in the wake of the January 6 storming of the Capitol

Giant letters adorning the top of the Palm Beach towers and at their base have also recently been removed

Giant letters adorning the top of the Palm Beach towers and at their base have also recently been removed

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Trump Organization for additional comment about the condo vote. 

The condo snub comes as Palm Beach officials are conducting a ‘legal review’ of Donald Trump‘s use of nearby Mar-a-Lago as a residence because of a 1993 permit that restricts long-term stays at the resort.

But Eric Trump, the former president’s son and an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said his father is within his rights to stay at the exclusive club as long as he chooses.  

Officials recently announced an auction for the chance to push the button to demolish Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City

Officials recently announced an auction for the chance to push the button to demolish Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City

Trump's former casino in New Jersey opened in 1984 and closed in 2014, and it was bought by billionaire investor Carl Icahn in 2016

Trump’s former casino in New Jersey opened in 1984 and closed in 2014, and it was bought by billionaire investor Carl Icahn in 2016

The Trump Plaza was developed in 1981 by Armour Guider Development Corporation. Trump snapped it up after the bank foreclosed on it in 1986. 

Trump scrambled to sell units and ultimately handed the property over to his lenders in 1991, who chose to keep Trump’s name in legal documents and in giant lettering decorating the top of the 32-floor towers.

The Trump Plaza sign was removed for maintenance in 2017, and residents later voted not to put the sign back at the top of the towers. 

Signs at the base of the complex were removed in June after George Floyd protests, according to the outlet. 

Donald Trump and Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard are pictured at a Tyson vs Spinks press conference at Trump Plaza Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in 1988

 Donald Trump and Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard are pictured at a Tyson vs Spinks press conference at Trump Plaza Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in 1988

The vote to remove the Trump Plaza name in Palm Beach comes as Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small gave a new date of February 17 for the implosion of Trump’s long-closed Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.com reported

Small announced an auction last month, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, for the right to push the button to demolish the building. 

But the auction fell apart when its owner, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, objected to the auction over safety concerns, the outlet reported.

The casino opened in 1984 and closed in 2014, and it was bought by Icahn in 2016.

In 2019, it was revealed that the last of a trail of Trump Place buildings lining Manhattan’s West Side Highway – which are not owned by Trump– had decided to remove the former president’s name from its building, The New York Times reported.

A majority of the seven county commissioners in Palm Beach have preemptively turned down the opportunity to rename Palm Beach International airport after the former president, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Palm Beach’s Trump Plaza vote also comes as it was revealed the town of Palm Beach is reviewing a 1993 ‘special exception use’ agreement made with Trump that allowed him to convert the historic Mar-a-Lago mansion into a for-profit social club. 

But the agreement includes a clause that limits stays to no more than 10 guests at one time, for no longer than seven days at a time, up to three non-consecutive visits a year. 

Neighbors have claimed that Trump has violated the agreement in the past, and Wednesday marks seven days since he flew there prior to President Joe Biden‘s January 20 inauguration. 

The agreement is ‘under legal review’ by Palm Beach’s town attorney John Randolph, Town Manager Kirk Blouin said.

Eric Trump argues that his father Donald, left, has a legal right to make Mar-a-Lago his permanent residence

Eric Trump argues that his father Donald, left, has a legal right to make Mar-a-Lago his permanent residence

Donald Trump signed a 1993 permit that allowed him to maintain a private club at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump signed a 1993 permit that allowed him to maintain a private club at Mar-a-Lago

Blouin added he has ‘no personal knowledge of where ex-President Trump is living or intends to live.’

The Town Council may discuss the 1993 permit and Trump’s residency at a meeting on February 9, he said.

If found to have violated the 1993 agreement, the town has the right to revoke the club’s occupational license and can seek relief in civil courts, the signed document reads. 

But Eric Trump told DailyMail.com that his father has the legal right to live at his property.

‘There’s absolutely nothing that prohibits my father from living at the property,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘My father has the absolute right to live at Mar-a-Lago.’

Trump pointed to Section 134-2 of the town’s municipal code, which defines private clubs and noted that Mar-a-Lago maintains its RAA-Large Estate Residential zoning.

‘Within residential zoning districts, a private club may provide living quarters for its bona fide employees only,’ the ordinance reads.

The town ordinance also defines what constitutes an employee.

‘Employee means any person generally working on site for the establishment and includes sole proprietors, partners, limited partners, corporate officers and the like,’ the ordinance reads.

Eric Trump added that in his father’s 1993 application for the permit, he said the property usage would not change.

‘The use of property is not permitted to have changed, and has to be used in the way Marjorie Merriweather Post had used the property,’ he said, referring to the cereal heiress who built the estate in the 1920s.

He also noted that the primary argument from critics points to a clause in the 1993 permit which states ‘guest suites shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) non-consecutive seven (7) day periods by any one member during the year.’

‘He’s the owner and he’s the director and this why these guys aren’t gaining any traction,’ Eric Trump said.

He added: ‘There is a big difference between a guest and an owner.’

Eric Trump said that the 1993 agreement did not constitute a rezoning and that there are stipulations in his father’s agreement with the town and zoning ordinances that mandate the property return to residential use, ‘if for some reason the club didn’t work or wasn’t profitable.’ 

‘[The agreement] mandated that the property return to residential if for some reason the club didn’t work or wasn’t profitable,’ he said.

‘They didn’t want to have commercial use inside Palm Beach,’ Eric Trump said.

Mar-a-Lago neighbors opposed to Trump’s residence there in December delivered a letter to Palm Beach officials claiming the former president cannot live at the resort full-time, citing the long-term stay clause in the 1993 agreement.  

Reginald Stambaugh, a lawyer representing the DeMoss family, which has a property next to Mar-a-Lago,  wrote in the letter that the president should find somewhere else to live. 

‘To avoid an embarrassing situation for everyone and to give the president time to make other living arrangements in the area, we trust you will work with his team to remind them of the use agreement parameters,’ Stambaugh wrote.

Trump has enjoyed numerous trips to Mar-a-Lago that lasted for longer than seven days in recent years, according to a HuffPost analysis of his schedule. He stayed eight days in a row in 2020, had a 16-day stay in 2019 and a 10-day visit in 2017, HuffPost claims.      

Trump, right, and Melania, second from left, are seated for dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at Mar-a-Lago in 2018

Trump, right, and Melania, second from left, are seated for dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at Mar-a-Lago in 2018

Trump speaks to the press from Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 22, 2018

Trump speaks to the press from Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 22, 2018

Eric Trump added that his father has been living there since 1992 and ‘nobody has said anything.’

He also noted that his family already owns two other houses nearby on Woodbridge Road.

‘They are beautiful houses, and my father could live in either of those houses there on Woodbridge,’ he told DailyMail.com.

‘They’re beautiful houses, but Secret Service would likely shut down the road. They would have bomb dogs. They would literally have gates. The neighbors should be very careful what they ask for.’

Eric Trump said that his father plans to maintain Mar-a-Lago as his primary residence.

‘He’s going to be traveling and I’m sure there is going to be a lot of time he’s going to be out of Palm Beach, but he plans on spending a lot of time there.’

Michael Cohen, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer, told Huffington Post that Trump ‘cannot reside in Mar-a-Lago as a full-time permanent resident.’

‘Now, he can go there every day. It’s his club,’ he said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Cohen, who began working for Trump in 2007, for additional comment.  


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