Mar-a-Lago Irma Evacuation Ordered

Aaron Brown
September 9, 2017

President Trump's seaside Mar-a-Lago resort in exclusive Palm Beach, Fla., was ordered to evacuate Friday as Hurricane Irma barreled toward that part of the state.

"Evacuees should move as soon as possible to the homes of friends or family who live outside of evacuation areas", Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in the mandatory order for homes closest to the coast in the county of 2.7 million people.

Trump has three private properties in Florida, including the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter and Mar-a-Lago, the private club he calls the "Winter White House".

The wants residents to be reminded they can seek shelter in a hotel on the mainland at one of the county's shelters or hunker down with friends west of US 1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county.

Others familiar with the storm's effects at Mar-a-Lago, including Trump employees, remember it differently. On Friday morning, projections indicated that it was likely Irma will take the "worst case scenario" path into the Sunshine State.

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Mar-a-Lago is a members-only social club, with ballrooms, a few guest suites and living quarters for Trump himself.

The structure has existed since 1927, when it was built for Marjorie Merriweather Post, a food industry heiress - Trump later bought the club in 1985 for $5 million. If it goes, I'll go with it. But its condition is unknown after Hurricane Irma pummeled the region. The storm wreaked havoc on Barbuda, where 95 percent of the island's buildings were left damaged Irma.

As the storm turns towards Florida, and one Trump property having already been reportedly damaged, time will tell whether Irma will significantly impact another this weekend.

"We continue to send thoughts and prayers to victims of Hurricane Harvey and are praying for those that are in the path of Hurricane Irma", the statement concluded.

Florida Highway Safety spokeswoman Beth Frady says troopers escorted trucks from two Florida ports to stations in Marion and Martin counties overnight, and also were escorting trucks from Georgia to stations in Perry, in north central Florida near where Interstate 75 crosses Interstate 10.

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