Missing amenity: President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago must do without a dock – for now

The private club withdrew its proposal to build a 72-foot dock amid opposition among members of the Palm Beach Town Council

Feb.February 16, 2019 12:00 PM

The name of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club is Spanish for “sea to lake,” but going there by boat won’t become an option anytime soon.

An attorney representing Mar-a-Lago withdrew a proposal to build a dock at Trump’s private club in Palm Beach. Attorney Harvey Oyer withdrew the proposal before the Palm Beach Town Council could vote Wednesday on a motion by one of its members to reject the proposed dock.

Mar-a-Lago proposed construction of a 72-foot, T-shaped dock large enough for as many as four boats on the northwest corner of the club property. The dock would have extended 40 feet into the Lake Worth Lagoon behind Mar-a-Lago.

But according to former town-preservation consultant Jane Day, the town and the club reached an agreement in 1933 that prohibits construction of a dock on the property.

Mar-a-Lago could resubmit its dock proposal in six months. The club would have had to wait 12 months to resubmit the proposal if the town council had voted to deny it.

Gail Coniglio, the mayor of Palm Beach, said she would support construction of a dock on the south end of the Mar-a-Lago property if the dock were not T-shaped, and Oyer said the club would consider a proposal to build the dock farther south. [Palm Beach Post] – Mike Seemuth

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