Palm Beach cites Trump for flag


Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

PALM BEACH - It seems Donald Trump's latest display of patriotism may be too much for this chic oceanside town.

Trump has been cited by Palm Beach officials for hoisting a large American flag atop an 80-foot pole outside his lavish Mar-a-Lago estate.

Town officials said the real estate mogul has violated zoning codes with a flagpole taller than 42 feet, for not obtaining a building permit and for not getting permission from the landmarks board. Trump has until Nov. 27 to apply for approvals or face a Dec. 21 code enforcement hearing that could result in $250-a-day fines.

"You don't need a permit to put up the American flag," Trump said Tuesday. "The day you need a permit to put up the American flag, that will be a sad day for this country."

Trump said it's too soon to comment on how he will respond to the threat of fines.

Lee Hanley, vice chairman of the town's landmarks commission, previously said the 15-by-25-foot flag makes the town look like "we have an Okeechobee car dealer," referring to a strip of auto dealerships along Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

Trump responded in a letter last week saying that "anyone who objects should not, in my opinion, hold a public office of any kind - at least not in this country."

The flag appeared outside the estate Oct. 3.

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