Signaling a possible resolution to Donald Trump’s running flag feud, the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday said the mogul’s oversized Old Glory can stay — as long as Rancho Palos Verdes revises its municipal height rules.
While not the victory city officials had hoped for, the decision allows for a way forward to legally allow the 70-foot-tall flagpole, which was hoisted without a permit nearly 10 years ago.
Having gained the support of much of the coastal city — as well as two City Councils through the years — the flag now likely can get formal state approval provided the city amends its Local Coastal Program that currently limits structure heights to 26 feet.
“The flag has become an important landmark and monument in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes,” said Trump attorney Jill Martin.
Commissioners, while noting that the flag has become an accepted and popular part of the peninsula’s coastline, said they were obligated to follow the rule of law.
“I’m disappointed at the Trump Organization for putting up that flag without adhering to the rule of law,” said Coastal Commissioner Wendy Mitchell. “However, I think this flag now has become a symbol and to the people in this community this flag symbolizes patriotism.”
City officials said the issue was vetted in 2007 with public hearings and a determination that the flag did not impair coastal views.
Trump still needed state approvals, though, and delayed submitting a formal application. An application has since been submitted.