Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
It seems that following questioned victory in the 2020-Presidential election, American left and their Islamist-socialist cohorts are not yet satisfied. They are now hatching a notorious conspiracy to evict Donald Trump from his Mar-a-Lago resort as well as New York properties. And this time again, the conglomerate of crook and corrupt media is reenergizing themselves with even added evil stamina to teach a befitting lesson to Trump for his diehard stand against radical Islam, Palestinians, Hamas, Islamic militancy, and Iran.
According to news item enthusiastically catered by the Yahoo News, by mostly quoting from The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach attorney Reginald Stambaugh sent a letter to Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and the Town Council laying out the legal reasons and security concerns that he said should bar Trump from living at his private club – Mar-a-Lago.
At the beginning of the article, Christine Stapleton of the Palm Beach Post wrote: President Donald Trump and the first family should not expect to be welcomed to the neighborhood with open arms when they move from the White House to Mar-a-Lago – dubbed the Winter White House by the soon-to-be-former president.
Quoting Stambaugh, the Palm Beach Post article said, Trump violated an agreement he entered into with the town after lengthy, contentious meetings in 1993 over his commitment to preserve the 18-acre estate if the town allowed him to turn Mar-a-Lago into a club.
It wasn’t the only letter Coniglio received on the topic this week. A fax pocked with grammatical and spelling errors sent by an organization few knew anything about arrived, expressing similar concerns. Sender of the fax message wrote: “Neighbors of Mar-a-Lago, have a message for the outgoing commander in chief: We don’t want you to be our neighbor and break our laws,” read the opening salvo from the group calling itself the Palm Beach Committee.
“When Mr. Trump vacates D.C. the majority of town residents and your constituents; So Not want Trump to erect a new home or take permanent residence at Mar-a-Lago Social Club,” the committee said.
Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio said she had never heard of the committee, and the fax did not identify any members. It claims Trump lost the right to live at the estate when he entered into the agreement in 1993, and it raised the specter of fervent and controversial Trump supporters showing up in the neighborhood.
“Trump is not above the law where he can flip / flop the town charter, laws and signed agreements to suit his personal whim,” the fax read. “We do not (want) Proud Boys, Skin Heads, Neo Nazi Crazies visiting Trump proposed new PB residence. We hope you agree!”
West Palm Beach attorney Reginald Stambaugh sent a copy of his letter, first reported by The Washington Post, to the Secret Service, which has not revealed security plans for Mar-a-Lago once Trump’s presidency ends.
The town of Palm Beach was leery of Trump when he negotiated to convert Mar-a-Lago into a club. A year earlier, he failed to convince the council to allow him to subdivide the property and build mini-mansions.
Under the agreement, the club’s 10 guest suites could be used only by members and their guests for a maximum of three times a year and for no longer than seven days at a time. Those seven-day stays couldn’t be strung together consecutively.
There remains the question of whether Trump – as owner of the corporate entity that owns the club – should be considered a member or an owner. Trump purchased Mar-a-Lago in 1986 and lived at the estate during the season with his first wife, Ivana, and their children.
Trump and his attorney Paul Rampell presented Trump’s plan to convert Mar-a-Lago at a Town Council meeting May 13, 1993. Rampell assured the council that Trump would no longer live at Mar-a-Lago.
“Another question that’s often asked to me is whether Mr. Trump will continue to live at Mar-a-Lago,” Rampell said during the presentation. “No, except that he will be a member of the club, and therefore, will be entitled to the use of guest rooms.”
Rampell’s assurances did not make it into the agreement. There is no language about whether Trump – as owner – must abide by the rules about overnight stays that apply to members. Neither Rampell nor the Trump Organization returned a request for comment.
Though the agreement says “the land shall be used as a private social club” and the club must abide by the uses allowed and prohibited by the agreement, the only reference to using it as a private residence is if the club shuts down.
Trump’s status and the right to live at Mar-a-Lago have never been formally challenged.
“As everyone knows, President Trump is already in violation of the Use Agreement by using Mar-a-Lago in excess of the allotted time,” Stambaugh wrote in his letter. “This violation (as well as others on record) will continue without Town intervention.”
Stambaugh cited health concerns over a microwave security fence on the property, “which is known to cause permanent brain trauma and other debilitating injuries.”
Stambaugh claimed a client, whom he did not identify in his letter, “exhibits symptoms of exposure.” Stambaugh did not respond to a request for comment.
Stambaugh said neighbors are concerned about “significant devaluation” of their property because of Trump’s visits to his club, some lasting nearly two weeks.
Trump has made more than 30 presidential visits to Mar-a-Lago. During those times, residents and their yard workers, pool cleaners and other staff have had to pass through security checkpoints to reach their homes.
Mar-a-Lago neighbors complained when Trump requested a helipad be installed on the estate’s back lawn. The Town Council agreed, provided it be used only for presidential business and be removed when Trump leaves office.
It may be mentioned here that, Donald Trump and Melania Trump had switched their legal residency from New York to Mar-a-Lago last year. But the protestors are unwilling to let Trump and his wife live at Mar-a-Lago. Instead, they want this couple to live in another nearby Trump property.
“Florida is very liberal in allowing people to declare Florida as their legal domicile,” said Richard Rampell, a Palm Beach CPA who has represented clients in residency audits — tax investigations often launched when high-wealth taxpayers move to tax havens like Florida.
That’s because Florida has no state income tax and has nothing to gain or lose by allowing someone to declare Florida home. But states such as New York, with hefty state income taxes, stand to lose vast amounts of revenue when wealthy residents like Donald Trump leave residency.
New York’s top income tax rate is 8.82 percent. The Big Apple imposes its own income tax of up to 3.8 percent on top of the state rate — meaning a New York resident would likely be taxed 12.6 percent on income earned in New York.
In late September, Trump changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court and first reported by the New York Times.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump took the first step toward becoming Florida residents when they each filed a “declaration of domicile” saying that Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club in Palm Beach, will be their permanent residence. The couple also changed their voter registration from New York to Florida.
Trump announced his decision in a three-part tweet on Oct. 31, 2019.
Donald Trump wrote in his tweets, “I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse,” he said, describing his decision as the “best for all concerned.
As Democrats will occupy the White House next month, President-elect Joe Biden and the members of his team are making sinister actions in continuing various forms of harassment on Donald Trump and members of his family.
Vijaya Laxmi Tripura is a senior staff correspondent of Blitz
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