Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Inspection reports show violations at Mar-a-Lago

Inspection reports show violations at Mar-a-Lago

Trump's club, located on a beachfront property where the historic main house was built in the 1920s for cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, was cited November 8 for two violations deemed high priority: the lack of smoke detectors capable of alerting the hearing impaired through flashing bright lights; and slabs of concrete missing from a staircase, exposing steel rebar that could cause someone to fall.

Ten other noted violations were deemed less serious under Florida's stringent food safety regulations, yet still damaging to the reputation of the upmarket club that charges a $200,000 initiation fee, and $14,000 a year for membership.

In the meantime, as Washington reeled Thursday night from news of Trump's comments, the White House announced that the president would spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

There were also food-safety violations discovered.

Meanwhile, the exclusive club's kitchens were cited for 15 violations.

The kitchens did pass the inspections on the first try. The two main kitchens were written up for improper food storage, including milk that was stored at the wrong temperature and hot dogs stored on the ground floor of the freezer, according to the records.

A subsequent inspection confirmed that Mar-a-Lago had taken the appropriate actions to correct these violations by Nov 17.

Before he became president, the billionaire was known to be involved personally in the day-to-day operations of Mar-a-Lago. The foreign workers serve as cooks, housekeepers and servers, paid between $10 and $13 an hour, according to filings Mar-a-Lago submitted to the DOL. In other words, it is a typical Donald Trump operation.

The house was eventually donated to the National Park Service in 1973 because it was costly to maintain.

Homeland Security handed out $580 million in Urban Area Security Initiative funds in the 2017 budget year, including about $5.2 million for South Florida. According to financial disclosure forms filed by Trump, the club had $29.7 million in revenue from June 2015 to May 2016.

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