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pbTrumpBits#9: Earth Day and Trump’s seawall

Pics of Mar-a-Lago on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated, Friday, January 20, 2017. Note the water level on the seawall.

In the late afternoon of the day The Donald, (remember when he was called that?), took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States, I figured it was in the best interest of all to do some simple water-level documentation.

Knowing that this prez does not believe in climate change, and has plans to cut off funds regarding it, having a snapshot of the water level at Mar-a-Lago’s seawall could one day prove to be worth it  for climate change deniers.

I even thought of starting a contest in which folks could pick the day, date, time and year in which the seawall would be breached and water flood the back lawn of the estate. Only problem is, Florida living brings with it a whole host of rainy, stormy and windy weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. And any one of them could raise the level of the water in Lake Worth, aka, the Intracoastal Waterway, behind the estate. Meaning, deciding when the water hits the grass because of climate change could be tricky.

So, my pictures will have to tell the how-climate-change-impacts-Mar-a-Lago story.

Anyone who is able to think knows that climate change isn’t fairy tale or fake news. It’s a true reality that’s backed up with facts like this: Sea levels in South Florida are now about four inches higher  than they were in 1992, according to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Additionally, every savvy realtor in the state realizes that a rise in sea levels can impact all properties along the ocean and  Intracoastal and swamp property values.  And Palm Beachers aren’t likely to see that as a  “Make America Great Again” plus.

So on this fabulous Earth Day, take the time to celebrate all the glory in nature that surrounds you. Then, take a moment to realize that all things on our planet Earth change over  time. That’s just how it is.







pbTrumpBits#7: Stress

You can find some peace  by getting lost in the beauty of the cherry blossom trees in Bradley Park. Extended long gazes at them are guaranteed to take away all of the stress built up thanks to the blocked traffic, protestors, road closures and  all of the confusion that will accompany the president during this visit.


It’s Thursday, April 6th, 2017, and driving in to town, around town, and  out of town is pretty much guaranteed to be a mess. A hassle. A headache. And, oh yeah, stressful.

Not only is the president in town for the sixth time –costing taxpayers many millions of dollars during each of his visits—  the president of China, Xi Jinping, is also here. Xi isn’t staying at Mar-a-Logo, however. He, and his group of many, are staying about 8 miles south of town at what was originally The Ritz Hotel but now bears the how-do-I-pronouce-it name of the Eau.   Officially it’s the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

FYI,  “Eau” is s pronounced “oh” and is a French word and meaning “water”, according to a receptionist at the hotel.

Those miles between where Xi is staying and Mar-a-Lago mean driving anywhere on South Ocean Blvd., in parts of Lake Worth and Manalapan, ( the town the Eau is located in),  will be challenging.  So, while road delays  will make getting to your condo or home a drag,   businesses along the way–and in the respective towns– are likely to suffer as well. And oh, if you had any hopes of hitting the beach at Phipps Ocean Park or Kreusler Park, forgetaboutit. They and their parking lots are closed today and tomorrow. As is the Phipps Tennis Center.

Even protestors and fans  who typically plan on standing on the Southern Blvd. bridge will have a hard time getting there. Parking isn’t allowed on Bingham Island now so those with things to say will have to park a distance away and walk to be heard.

No matter what anyone will tell you, Trump’s visits are an inconvenience on a host of different levels. Unless, of course, you’re a groupie of one sort or another.

If you are not, take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Or better yet, sit a spell at Bradley Park and enjoy the cherry blossom trees while they are still in bloom.