Florida state legislator wants Mar-a-Lago fined, closed after 'potential super-spreader party'

Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy (D) called for shuttering Mar-a-Lago after videos of a New Year's Eve party at President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE's private club appeared to show dozens of attendees celebrating without masks.

“My constituents are not snowbirds like @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle. My constituents live here,” Hardy wrote in a Twitter post Saturday. “This is their home, and they're going to have to deal w/ the consequences of a potential super-spreader party at Mar-a-Lago long after Junior & wife leave here on their private jet.”


Local NBC-affiliate WPTV reported that Hardy sent a letter to Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron asking that the club be fined and shut down for violating a county mask mandate.

In his letter, Hardy said the gathering had the potential to be a “super-spreader event.”

"I recognize that the President is a powerful person and that his business, Mar-a-Lago, is a daunting target for enforcement, but the law is the law,” Hardy wrote.


“The County's mask mandate applies to all businesses in Palm Beach County. The presidency does not confer to the President and his friends a special privilege to endanger the health and welfare of Palm Beach County’s residents." 

Trump was not in attendance at the party, though his two adult sons Eric TrumpEric TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden convenes world leaders for Earth Day The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Chauvin conviction puts renewed focus on police reform Lara Trump is wild card in North Carolina Senate race MORE and Donald Trump Jr., as well as his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says client had 'Foxitis,' 'Foxmania' Giuliani lays off staffers: report MORE, were there as guests. The president had reportedly planned to be at the club for New Year's Eve but returned to Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6 certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE's election victory in Congress.

Florida is one of only three states that has surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases, with almost 22,000 deaths from the disease.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisACLU sues Florida over law targeting ballot initiatives Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools Advocates sound alarm as restrictive voting laws pile up MORE (R) has maintained a relatively hands-off approach to the pandemic, even as cases surge. Early in December, DeSantis issued an executive order that limited the ability of local governments to impose COVID-19 restrictions and fines.