Trump Golf Club Requests Rent Relief From Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach Post reported this week that President Donald Trump’s golf club in West Palm Beach has asked Palm Beach County for rent relief, hoping to “defer some of the $88,338 monthly rent it pays to lease public land for the president’s private golf club.”
Ed Raymundo, the Trump International Golf Club’s finance director, cited the “significant impact” caused by the coronavirus pandemic in a June 5 letter, noting the county’s March 25 order shutting down parks and golf courses came during the “busiest part of our season.”
The Post reported that both the county and its Department of Airports “hold leases on Trump’s 27-hole golf club on airport property,” and neither has taken action on the club’s request.
The Palm Beach County Commission has granted rent deferment for other tenants, according to the report, but “relief for tenants with more complex leases, like those Trump negotiated to build his 27-hole golf club, must be approved by the commission.”
Trump signed a lease with the county in 1996 and 2002, after a long and controversial lawsuit over the land. The 99-year lease agreement requires Trump to make monthly payments that had increased over the years to $54,534 for the main 18-hole golf course and $33,804 for the smaller, nine-hole course.
The Post noted that “Trump’s businesses in Florida, the Trump Doral resort and golf clubs in West Palm Beach and Jupiter,” have laid off more than 1,000 workers amid the pandemic.
Raymundo previously wrote to the county in March asking for guidance on navigating its rent obligations during the shutdown.
“This mandate has resulted in the cancellation of events and forced the Club to close many of it’s (cq) amenities leaving limited services available to our members,” Raymundo wrote. “In addition, with many New York based members, the Governor’s most recent order requiring individuals traveling from the tri-state area to self-quarantine further hampers our operation. Your direction in this is greatly appreciated.”