Friday, 18 December 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump's 82-year-old neighbor claims hi-tech security system shielding President's sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate is giving her brain injuries, as Palm Beach locals try to stop him from living permanently at his club

 Donald Trump's elderly Palm Beach neighbor claims a hi-tech security system shielding the President's sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate is giving her brain injuries 

The explosive accusation is contained in a letter sent this week to both the Town of Palm Beach and the Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting the First Family.

It does not go into detail about the device involved but the description is consistent with the sorts of radar sensors routinely used to detect intruders at prisons, nuclear power stations and other high-risk buildings.


'The security concerns remain of paramount importance, including issues associated with a microwave fence which is known to cause permanent brain trauma and other debilitating injuries.

'My client exhibits symptoms of exposure,' attorney Reginald Stambaugh writes in the December 15 correspondence obtained in full by DailyMail.com.

Stambaugh does not name the neighbor involved but a report in the Washington Post on Tuesday indicated that it was sent on behalf of 82-year-old Nancy S. DeMoss, whose home borders Mar-a-Lago to the northwest.

Donald Trump's elderly Palm Beach neighbor claims a hi-tech security system shielding the President's sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate is giving her brain injuries, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Donald Trump's elderly Palm Beach neighbor claims a hi-tech security system shielding the President's sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate is giving her brain injuries, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal

Nancy S. DeMoss, whose home borders Mar-a-Lago to the northwest, has claimed through a lawyer that she 'exhibits symptoms of exposure'. The home near Mar-a-Lago was purchased by Arthur DeMoss (far left) and his wife, Nancy S. DeMoss (right). The late Arthur DeMoss made his fortune in selling life insurance. His widow has lived in the property ever since. The couple's daughter, Nancy Wolgemuth, is pictured above

Nancy S. DeMoss, whose home borders Mar-a-Lago to the northwest, has claimed through a lawyer that she 'exhibits symptoms of exposure'. The home near Mar-a-Lago was purchased by Arthur DeMoss (far left) and his wife, Nancy S. DeMoss (right). The late Arthur DeMoss made his fortune in selling life insurance. His widow has lived in the property ever since. The couple's daughter, Nancy Wolgemuth, is pictured above

 

'The security concerns remain of paramount importance, including issues associated with a microwave fence which is known to cause permanent brain trauma and other debilitating injuries. 'My client exhibits symptoms of exposure,' attorney Reginald Stambaugh writes in the December 15 correspondence obtained in full by DailyMail.com

'The security concerns remain of paramount importance, including issues associated with a microwave fence which is known to cause permanent brain trauma and other debilitating injuries. 'My client exhibits symptoms of exposure,' attorney Reginald Stambaugh writes in the December 15 correspondence obtained in full by DailyMail.com

DeMoss is among a handful of neighbors urging Palm Beach officials to prevent the outgoing President from living at Mar-a-Lago on the basis that it violates the decades-old agreement that allowed him to turn it into a swank private members club.

DeMoss is among a handful of neighbors urging Palm Beach officials to prevent the outgoing President from living at Mar-a-Lago on the basis that it violates the decades-old agreement that allowed him to turn it into a swank private members club.

DeMoss, 82, has been head of her family's philanthropic missionary foundation since the death of her insurance magnate husband, Arthur, in 1979, promoting various evangelical causes and distributing bibles and books to children in the Third World.

She is known to host luncheons and parties featuring prominent Christian speakers at her $34m waterfront residence. Neither her attorney, nor the foundation, returned calls asking for comment.

Microwave detection systems work by flooding an area with an electronic field. Any movement such as someone walking, running or climbing a fence disturbs the field and generates an alarm.

Manufacturers say they are a highly effective deterrent while insisting they do not harm humans or effect devices such as pacemakers.

Several Mar-a-Lago members told DailyMail.com they had noticed an increase in the number of Secret Service agents in recent weeks amid reports that Trump is preparing to move in full time when he leaves office.

However none of the regulars we spoke to said they were aware of any new fencing or other obvious security apparatus, nor had they heard of any similar safety complaints. 

Trump’s sprawling 126-room property is surrounded by a ring of steel and whenever the President visits security ramps up, with Coast Guard personnel and Secret Service combining to cordon off local streets and patrol waterway approaches.

The restrictive measures and ensuing traffic have irritated neighbors while flight restrictions have prompted complaints from the nearby Palm Beach County Park Airport which says it suffers significant financial losses every time air space closes.

DeMoss is among a handful of neighbors urging Palm Beach officials to prevent the outgoing President from living at Mar-a-Lago on the basis that it violates the decades-old agreement that allowed him to turn it into a swank private members club.

Trump paid a modest $7m for Mar-a-Lago in 1985 but by 1993 was fcing financial difficulties and wanted to carve it up into multiple homes. 

Nancy S. DeMoss
Mark DeMoss

Nancy S. DeMoss (left), the widow of Arthur DeMoss, publicly opposed Trump's effort to install a dock at Mar-a-Lago, saying it would increase noise and boat traffic. Nancy's son, Mark DeMoss (right), a prominent evangelical Christian, resigned from the board of trustees at Liberty University in 2016 after its then-head, Jerry Falwell Jr, endorsed Trump for president

Trump’s sprawling 126-room property is surrounded by a ring of steel and whenever the President visits security ramps up, with Coast Guard personnel and Secret Service combining to cordon off local streets and patrol waterway approaches

Trump’s sprawling 126-room property is surrounded by a ring of steel and whenever the President visits security ramps up, with Coast Guard personnel and Secret Service combining to cordon off local streets and patrol waterway approaches

As a compromise, officials allowed him to turn it into a club so long as it didn't become a full-fledged hotel or residence.

Mar-a-Lago became a hospitality money-spinner worth more than $20m a year to Trump, with members paying a $200,000 initiation fee plus annual dues of $14,000 to rub shoulders with political figures, financiers and millionaire celebrities.

However rules set out in the August 10, 1993 agreement specified that neither Trump, nor anyone else, was ever allowed to stay more than three times each year, with no single visit exceeding seven days.

Despite this, the President changed his official domicile to Palm Beach earlier this year and multiple reports suggest he's having the family quarters renovated.

'As everybody knows, President Trump is already in violation of the Use Agreement by using Mar-a-Lago in excess of the allotted time. This violation (as well as others on record) will continue without Town intervention,' Stambaugh adds in his letter.

'In order to avoid the embarrassing situation for everyone and to give the President time to make other living arrangements in the area, we trust you will work with his team to remind them of the Use Agreement parameters.

'Palm Beach has many lovely estates for sale and surely he can find one which meets his needs.'

Trump has fought the local council in Palm Beach over several issues, including the use of a helipad. After Trump became president, the council approved his request to build a helipad on the ground of Mar-a-Lago on condition that he cease using it after he leaves office. The helipad at Mar-a-Lago is seen in the above April 2017 file photo

Trump has fought the local council in Palm Beach over several issues, including the use of a helipad. After Trump became president, the council approved his request to build a helipad on the ground of Mar-a-Lago on condition that he cease using it after he leaves office. The helipad at Mar-a-Lago is seen in the above April 2017 file photo

President Trump leaves Mar-a-Lago and heads to rally in Marine One
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They are by no means the only locals opposed to Trump's Florida migration, however, with a group describing themselves as the 'Palm Beach Committee' also contacting Mayor Gail Coniglio this week to voice their disapproval

They are by no means the only locals opposed to Trump's Florida migration, however, with a group describing themselves as the 'Palm Beach Committee' also contacting Mayor Gail Coniglio this week to voice their disapproval

The DeMoss family has made its distaste for Trump known previously, with Nancy among those objecting earlier this year to the building of a 72-ft dock for four boats.

Mark DeMoss, formerly a senior advisor to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, resigned from the board of trustees at Liberty University in 2016 after its then-head, Jerry Falwell Jr, endorsed Trump for president.

They are by no means the only locals opposed to Trump's Florida migration, however, with a group describing themselves as the 'Palm Beach Committee' also contacting Mayor Gail Coniglio this week to voice their disapproval.

'Neighbors of Mar-a-Lago have a message for the outgoing commander-in-chief: We don't want you to be our neighbor and break our laws,' the group said in a fax obtained by DailyMail.com.

'Trump is not above the law where he can flip / flop the town charter, laws and signed agreements to suit his personal whim.

'We do no [want] Proud Boys, Skin Heads, Neo Nazi Crazies visiting Trump ['s] proposed new PB residence. We hope you agree.

'Do your job and officially advise Trump to move elsewhere.'

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