Donald Trump has a reputation as someone with a hair-trigger, ready to sue someone— anyone—at a moment’s notice. The real estate tycoon even reportedly sued the local airport authority in Palm Beach County, Florida; because, departing aircraft, under certain weather conditions, flew right over hie Mar-a-Lago Estate. But this time, Mar-a-Lago faces an even greater danger than mere jet noise—the Rising Seas!
The various barrier islands, up and down the Atlantic Coast, are a natural buffer to protect the Mainland from the sea. But, Americans have built palatial estates, vacation homes, hotels, and condominium complexes all along them. And every year or two, the expense of such dangerous living becomes greater and greater, when one considers: ever-expensive insurance; property taxes, including beach erosion; home repairs due to the damage done by the elements. Also, the protection that sea walls and pumps provide, on an island, can be limited.
The linked article, from The Boston Globe, shows aerial photography of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Estate, both currently and at various projected stages in the future. Even if Donald, age 70, intends to leave the property to his children, the value may very well be plummeting by the time they take over. And remember, the demand for palatial estates, as the sea is threatening, will surely be limited. Open house…Anyone?
The Globe article cites the differences in opinions that some of the Trump uber-wealthy neighbors have. While some have literally read the seawater on the wall; others believe, now that Donald was elected, he will make things better. Perhaps, he can stick his finger in the non-existent dyke?
The Globe article is linked, as follows: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/13/rising-seas-threaten-jewel-trump-real-estate-empire/bsleB73TesDoLcVxJBK9LP/story.html