Trump Cited In Flag Flap

Palm Beach, Fla. (AP) -- The Donald is never one to shy away from attention, and now his American flag at his Florida estate is causing quite a flap.

Donald Trump has been cited by Palm Beach for hoisting the large American flag onto an 80-foot pole outside his Mar-A-Lago Estate and Club.

Town officials say Trump has violated zoning codes with a flagpole taller than 42 feet. They also say he didn't get a building permit, didn't get permission from the Landmarks Board and violated his club's agreement with the town.

Trump has until November 27th to apply for approval or face a December code enforcement hearing that could result in fines of $250 a day.

An official of the town's Landmarks Commission earlier said the flag makes Palm Beach look like "we have an Okeechobee car dealer."

Trump responded in a letter saying permits are not necessary to put up an American flag. He also wrote that anyone who objects should not hold a public office.

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