Mar-a-Lago, Trump golf clubs close as Irma approaches

Posted September 10, 2017

Mar-a-Lago - the "Winter White House" - was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma's landfall.

Irma has already killed 11 as it ripped through the Caribbean, and still maintains the highest category 5 status, with 175 miles per hour winds.

By 2045, according to a risk analysis prepared by Coastal Risk Consulting for the Guardian, the grounds of Mar-a-Lago could be under at least a foot of water for 210 days a year because of increased tidal flooding. Please relocate west of US-1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county/state.

The historic estate is threatened by storm surge.

Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort has survived through hurricanes before.

Trump bought the property in 1985, when it was in disrepair, for $10 million, and spent millions refurbishing it before turning it into a club in 1995.

The AP also looked at building records and permits that showed no significant construction took place at Mar-a-Lago after the storm, aside from $3,000 in repairs to lighting and a cleaning of a beachfront pool.

U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet gathered at Camp David on Saturday for an update on Hurricane Irma, which is fast approaching the state of Florida.

NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moves toward the Florida Coast in the Caribbean Sea, taken at 16:15 UTC on September 07, 2017.

Widespread devastation was reported on St. Martin after Irma swept through.

Regardless of whether Trump admits the reality of Climate Change, his South Florida properties will remain a poor investment for taxpayers. Two golf courses and a Miami hotel are also some of the properties in Irma's path.

But Irma's destruction was so severe that the hurricane destroyed "ninety-five percent of the island", Daniel Gibb, a local official, told Radio Caribbean International. "We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma".