It’s pretty obvious Donald Trump hasn’t been at Mar-a-Lago much this season.
Mar-a-Lago, the private club on the south side of Palm Beach that doubles up as his personal residence, has been piling up health violations from state food inspectors this season.
In two separate inspections of the fancy club’s food operations since Trump announced he was running for president last year, inspectors have found a total 18 violations — this for kitchens that, last year, were some of the cleanest in the state!
Mar-a-Lago’s restaurant and catering services passed the inspections with flying colors — but this many violations are unusual at a place where Trump himself checks into the kitchens and the service routinely.
Take the latest Mar-a-Lago inspection, on April 6.
There were 11 health violations recorded that, if not corrected, could sicken diners.
They included: dirty cutting boards, a repeat violation; foods stored in a cooler without being covered; no soap at the bakery/pastry sink; toxic substances without labels; no hot water at a kitchen sink; and a dishwasher without operating instructions.
In December, another seven violations popped up, including four labeled urgent and needing immediate correction: Potentially hazardous foods in a walk-in fridge at temperature greater than 41 degrees; chefs failing to wash their hands before putting on gloves; raw animal foods stored too close to ready-to-eat foods; and a slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.
Last season, one inspection yielded a near perfect 1 violation!
Whether Trump’s gallivanting on the trail to the White House instead of being the hands-on host, members say they are enjoying another season at the club.
“These are minor things,” said one when told about the violations. “It happens in most restaurants in the town. We’ve never had a problem with maintenance or cleanliness at Mar-a-Lago, even with Donald gone.”