The truth behind Mar-a-Lago's unpopular flood insurance policy

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The Associated Press reported in 2016 that Trump received $17 million from insurance companies for property damage to Mar-a-Lago from storms including Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Thoughts and prayers for Mar-a-Lago.

The safety and security of [Mar-A-Lago] guests, members and colleagues is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma.

Mandatory evacuation for the entire town remains in effect. It comes just days before Hurricane Irma is set to hit Florida after killing several people in the Caribbean. On Friday morning, projections indicated that it was likely Irma will take the "worst case scenario" path into the Sunshine State.

Houses are seen on Friday in Codrington Antigua and Barbuda devastated by Hurricane Irma
Houses are seen on Friday in Codrington Antigua and Barbuda devastated by Hurricane Irma

Yet an Associated Press investigation published previous year 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.

"I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup".

Sitting on Plum Bay on the island of Saint Martin, about 200 miles east of Puerto Rico in the Leeward Antilles, is an 11-bedroom home that Trump owns.

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Trump also owns a golf course in the Miami area.

A White House official said Trump would continue to receive regular updates on Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told AFP that "the four most solid buildings on the island have been destroyed, which means that more rustic structures have probably been completely or partially destroyed".

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The private social club, purchased by Trump in 1985, is located on a barrier island facing the Atlantic Ocean and is susceptible to storm surge from the intense hurricane, which is expected to impact South Florida on Saturday.

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