Trump in trouble over flag

The upscale Florida enclave of Palm Beach is in a tiff over Donald Trump. The real estate mogul and billionaire reality show host has upset the town council by flying an oversized US flag on an oversized pole, and now the town has voted to fine Trump $1,250 for every day the flag is up.

The brouhaha began when Trump put up the 15-by-25-foot flag, which sits atop an 80-foot flagpole located in his ritzy country club, Mar-A-Lago. The city's zoning board says the flag violates the 4-feet-by-6-feet size limit and that the pole violates Palm Beach building codes, which state no structure can be taller than 42 feet. The board also says Trump didn't apply for the necessary permits to erect the flag.

On Thursday, city officials voted to begin fining Trump $1,250 per day retroactively to January 6, making the fine $17,500 so far. Trump has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the city and 20 other code violators the city hasn't fined, claiming officials are selectively enforcing the codes and squelching his expression of free speech.

"The town should treat everyone the same. Bring them before the board all at once," Trump attorney Raymond Royce told the Palm Beach Post.

"The town council of Palm Beach should be ashamed of itself," Trump told The Associated Press. "They're fining me for putting up the American flag. This is probably a first in United States history."

"I think Mr. Trump...picked this fight. I think he's been provocative," countered a zoning board member.

"We have limited manpower. We'll address other violators as we have time," Veronica Close, the town's planning and zoning director, told the Post. "If we waited until everyone in town was cited for every similar violation, we'd never get any cases to the board."

Trump says he won't back down on the flag or pay the city a dime in fines, and he hopes to grind the town down with a lengthy legal battle.

"It's all up in the court. It'll be a long time, unfortunately."

Trump's sixth season of The Apprentice premiered to strong ratings on January 7, scoring 9.1 million viewers, but dipped in its most recent Sunday outing. This season the show has moved from its usual perch in New York to Los Angeles and features the weekly losing team of contestants sleeping in tents and "roughing it" on the grounds of Trump's mansion.

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Don't care for Donald. However, Florida is part of the United States or was when I went to school and they should be a proud supporter of whatever size flag he wants to fly.
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Trump is just doing this to keep his name, and TV series, in the news.
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This truely shows the state of our socialistic country. 1. Donald Trump a very wealthy and successful entrepeneur is attacked by the loony Rosie and the lefty city council. I wonder what might be the reason? Could it be because he has made money by taking adavantage of our quasi-capitalistic (very quickly dissapearing) system. 2. The American Flag stands for freedom, so its not wonder its not welcome anymore.
3. The very idea of zoning laws, and building mandates violates our property rights. The only reason something like this should be challanged is if it violates the property rights of one his neighboring residences of businesses. For instance; If the flag in some way reduced the property value of neighboring properties, or impeded access to neighboring propertys, or in some way posed a threat to the neighboring properties. Perhaps one of the neighbors has a case, although I dont see where? The city should have NO RIGHT to violate Donalds rights in this way.
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This whole thing is whack!!! Who has a right to say what size flag you can fly? Big Brother is going way too far on some things.If Trump can afford a large flag pole, it's ok, only jealous people are upset cause they can't get a larger one.. If he should be fined it should be for his hideous hairdo!!! "Keep the Hat""", lol..:)
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I think someone should sue him for his bad hairdue.
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I'm really curious about when this man recognize that he must go away from TV...
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ummm its just a flag....america is not thaat great
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It's just a flag...but why sue them?
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Oh man, if that pole give way and falls crushing an old lady, I'd like to see what The Donald does then.

Sue her family for getting blood on it?
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OMG I love that Ying Yang thing ejwlover. but anyway I hope they Toast that Pig.
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OMG...hahaha
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Well damned if you aren't patriotic, damned if you are too patriotic, huh?
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OH Borther.
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The flag is a safety hazard! If Trump wasn't just being stubborn then why wouldn't he just get a smaller flag!
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Trump has filed a $25 million lawsuit. Wow he has filed alot lawsuits since 2007 began.
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people in Flordia don't seem very pariot .

because it's only a flag
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its just a flag!
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Donald Trump is a loser trying to cause as much constrverity as possible. He is possibly doing it to boost up the apprentice ratigs.
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Showing his pride for our country is bad now? But if it is to large I can understand. But I am tired of Trump in the news.
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I'm so tired of Donald Trump. He needs to go away.
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I can't say I'm surprised.......or disapointed.:P
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