Trump’s Golf Club Seeks Rent Reduction From Florida County

President Donald Trump walks onto the green at the Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Florida during an invitation for United States Coast Guard service members to play golf on December 29, 2017.
|
June 17, 2020 11:11 a.m.

Trump International Golf Club, which leases public land in West Palm Beach, Florida, is requesting rent relief from Palm Beach County after COVID-19 forced President Donald Trump’s resort to temporarily close.

Ed Raymundo, the director of finance at the resort, sent a letter to ​the county’s real estate director Ross Hering on June 5 claiming that the mandated closure of the golf club, which pays the county $88,338 per month, in March caused a “significant impact” on the resort’s operations.

Therefore, Raymundo wrote, the club requests an “abatement of annual rent on a day for day basis.” He did not specify how much of a rent reduction Trump’s resort, which reopened in early May, seeks.

According to the Palm Beach Post, which first reported the news Tuesday evening, county officials have not responded Raymundo’s request. The Palm Beach County Commission, which approves rent deferrals, has allowed other tenants to defer payments amid COVID-19.

Trump International Hotel, the President’s hotel in Washington, D.C. that is also on public land, made a similar request to the General Services Administration (GSA) in April regarding its lease, claiming that the property had taken a financial hit from the outbreak.

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30