It is possible someone could perform such work without permits, avoiding as much as $450,000 in fees, but that would have likely been illegal. see thisThe citys former planning administrator said getting away with such extensive unpermitted work would have been unlikely. Frank cited both his own agencys vigilance and wealthy Palm Beach residents habit of calling out each others code violations. Once, Trumps neighbors hired lawyers to report suspicions that Trump improperly let guests sleep in poolside cabanas when they were at the club for a wedding. If there were $17 million dollars of damage, we sure as hell would have known about that, said Frank. I would have known if there was anything in the magnitude of $100,000. The Republican mayor of Palm Beach at the time and Mar-a-Lago member Jack McDonald, agreed: I am unable to comprehend $17 million in reimbursable damage. Jane Day, the citys former historical preservation consultant, also was mystified. This is the first Im hearing of it. seeFrank said the commission would have granted immediate approval to simple repairs, but Trump or his contractors would still have needed to file for permits. If they changed the doorknobs I was supposed to review it, Frank said. ___ .Associated Press reporters Jake Pearson in New York and Kelli Kennedy in Miami contributed to this reporting.
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