Mar-a-Lago, Trump golf clubs close as Irma approaches

Hurricane Irma hits Naples Florida

Hurricane Irma hits Naples Florida

The 2016 AP investigation is newly relevant as a massively powerful Hurricane Irma swirls toward Florida.

With Hurricane Irma threatening all of South Florida, the Huffington Post has learned that President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is federally insured.

In addition to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump International Golf Club and the Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Club are also closed, as numerous Trump properties take precautions against the storm, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement on Friday. Thoughts and prayers for Mar-a-Lago.

The decision to close the properties follows an order from Palm Beach County officials telling begin evacuating the area by 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.

Irma has already leveled a $17 million mansion owned by Donald Trump in St. Martin. Please relocate west of US-1 until this storm passes if you do not plan to depart the county/state. It comes just days before Hurricane Irma is set to hit Florida after killing several people in the Caribbean.

Expected three-day track for Hurricane Irma
Expected three-day track for Hurricane Irma

Yet an Associated Press investigation published a year ago revealed there was little evidence of large-scale damage to Mar-a-Lago, and that Trump also kept some of the insurance money for his personal use rather than spending it on repairs.

With climate change reportedly increasing the intensity of storms, rising sea levels have some wondering if federal dollars should be used to rebuild Mar-a-Lago. That's why, during a hurricane, you'll always see me here.

As of Thursday, Irma has been charged with a total of dozen deaths, including four on St. Martin, three in Puerto Rico and one in the British territory of Anguilla.

Two golf courses and a Miami hotel are also some of the properties in Irma's path.

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