Saturday, November 12, 2016

#DonaldTrump 's $250 million Palm Beach playground #Mar-a-Lago

Nestled on the Palm Beach water front Florida USA, Mar-a-Lago (a Spanish word means Sea to Lake) is one of the most highly reputed private clubs in the world. And this landmark property is owned by none other than now US President-elect Donald J. Trump. Trump paid less than USD10 million in 1985 for acquiring this coveted property in Palm Beach area. Today, it is valued at USD250 million. The place is also known as a playground for the rich and famous. Couple of years back Eric Frederick Trump the second son of Donald Trump got married in the same venue.

 Donald Trump owns many opulent properties across the globe but this 22-acre Mar-a-Lago beach retreat is a special one by any standards. Built in 1927 Mar-a-Lago has a chequered history. As per the wishes of its erstwhile owner it was given to the U.S. government as a retreat for US Presidents. In 1980 Mar-a-Lago was declared a US National Historic Landmark.
Mar-a-Lago hosted many charity events organised by the American Red Cross during early 80s . Many wealthy socialites and ambassadors from across the world used the frequent this place in support of the mission of the American Red Cross.
As an astute real estate business man Donald Trump is known for turning cheap real estate properties in to real gold mines. Mar-a-Lago is no exception. Donald Trump paid close to USD10 million in 1985 to buy this property and used it as a private residence until 1995. He later turned it into Mar-a-Lago Club and got it renovated completely.
The 126-roomed property has 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, a 29-foot long marble top dining table, 12 fireplaces, five clay tennis courts, one waterfront pool and three bomb shelters as well. It also has a separate private quarters for Mr Trump.
The grandeur and opulence of Mar-a-Lago club is an unmistakable one. It offers incredible beach and ocean facing pool facility, luxurious spa, fine dining, clay tennis courts, a state of the art fitness center, and world class entertainment facilities to entertain the visitors.Donald Trump delivered his winning speech from Mar-a-Lago retreat after wining 3 state Primarie elections earlier this year.To celebrate the new year this year Trump organised USD 100,000 Trump Invitation Equestian Championship at the Mar-a-Lago club. His daughter Ivanka Trump along with his wife Melania Trump and his six year old son Barron Trump joined the celebrations.Republican Party fundraiser events were also held the same venue.
There has been some controversies regarding the hiring of workers by the Mar-a-Lago club highlighted by some US media organisations. Records reveal Mar-a-Lago hired 246 foreign workers compared to 4 US workers during 2013-15.
Opposition Democrats tried to explore it by taking a dig at Trump's argument of supporting US workforce and creating job for US citizens. But Trump office bearers rubbished those allegations on the ground that they could find suitable US candidates to serve at Mar-a-Lago club resort.