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‘Get Your Act Together’: Palm Beach Is Turning on Trump and His Neighbors Are FED UP


It looks like there’s no love between Donald Trump, with his sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate, and the city council of Palm Beach, Florida.

Council president Margaret Zeidman oversaw a meeting Tuesday during which the group discussed the possibility of limiting events at Trump’s private club. They are tired of seeing the vehicles of guests to the resort blocking traffic and parked improperly.

“Either get your act together, or we will get it together for you. We’re not gonna continue to have the residents put at a disadvantage like this,” said Zeidman. “If in the end we have to restrict, if we can, their events, then we will do so.”

Trump’s recent events, including the exclusive one in October that raised about $6 million, have been causing major traffic headaches. During one such event, the Safeguard Palm Beach South End Safety Forum was delayed due to traffic from Trump’s guests.

“Everybody was late, and they had to start it a half hour later, because of an event in Mar-a-Lago,” Zeidman said. “One hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing,” she said, referring to the fact that there’s problematic communication between Mar-a-Lago security and event organizers.

It almost seems like it may be best, if this kind of contention continues, if Trump does lose his estate due to financial obligations from the New York civil fraud trial that’s underway.

Many of his businesses and properties are on the chopping block, including Mar-a-Lago and possibly even Trump Tower in NYC. Trump could owe hundreds of millions in the case brought by NY Attorney General Letitia James.

Judge Arthur Engoron has already issued a partial summary judgment against Donald Trump and his sons Don Jr. and Eric. That means much of the rest of the time spent on the trial will be spent deciding just how much Trump will be liable for.

But losing Mar-a-Lago any time soon would be disastrous for Trump’s reelection campaign in 2024.

No motions were passed during the town council’s Tuesday meeting in regard to the traffic issue, but it’s a topic that Zeidman and the panel intend to revisit when they meet next month.

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