Mar-a-Lago Club Gets Cited Multiple Times


An inspection of the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach owned by President Donald Trump last November showed several violations that required a follow-up inspection, according to the state agency responsible.

In the November 8 inspection, the club was cited for smoke detectors that lacked flashing lights to guide the hearing-impaired during a fire, 15 food-safety violations, and "slabs of concrete missing from a staircase, exposing steel rebar that could cause someone to fall", the Miami Herald reported on Monday.

Inspectors reprimanded the club for failing to track the freshness of foods, with the kitchen receiving 15 violations, the Daily Mail reports.

Never mind that it costs $200,000 in initiation fees to join the exclusive club, which has two restaurants and a bed-and-breakfast.

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.

At Mar-a-Lago, the season runs from November to April, when sunny Palm Beach is a mecca for wealthy Northerners escaping the cold. The two main kitchens were cited for improper food storage, which included milk stored at less-than-optimum temperature, hot dogs stored on the ground of the walk-in freezer and curry sauce that dated back to October 21.

That wasn't the case when, just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago in January 2016, inspectors found sushi ready for consumption without the obligatory treatment for parasites and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers at temperatures that spoiled fresh ingredients.

In 2015, there were only two violations in the kitchens.

Since Trump became president, fighter jets have intercepted 15 planes, and Coast Guard helicopters have intercepted three aircraft, according to NORAD.

This isn't the first time Mar-a-Lago's catering services have prompted sanitation concerns.