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Alice Beach was born in Green Ridge, Missouri, in 1877. She studied at St. Louis School of Fine Arts and Arts Students League of New York. A supporter of women's suffrage, Alice had her work published in the Women Voter.

Alice was a socialist and in 1912 joined with other writers and artists in New York, such as Max Eastman, John Sloan and Art Young, to establish the The Masses as a radical magazine. Alice later became the magazine's art editor and was responsible for several of its front covers.

Alice married Charles Winner, the political cartoonist of the Pittsburgh Post. He was also a socialist and supported her campaign for women's suffrage.

Alice Beach Winter died in 1970.


Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it takes place between December 20 and 23, depending on the year. (The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where the shortest day of the year occurs in June.) Cultures around the world have long held feasts and celebrated holidays around the winter solstice. Fire and light are traditional symbols of celebrations held on the darkest day of the year.

The winter solstice is the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight, and it marks the start of astronomical winter. After the winter solstice, days start becoming longer and nights shorter as spring approaches.

Humans may have observed the winter solstice as early as Neolithic period—the last part of the Stone Age, beginning about 10,200 BC.

Neolithic monuments, such as Newgrange in Ireland and Maeshowe in Scotland, are aligned with sunrise on the winter solstice. Some archaeologists have theorized that these tomb-like structures served a religious purpose in which Stone Age people held rituals to capture the sun on the year’s shortest day.

Stonehenge, which is oriented toward the winter solstice sunset, may also have been a place of December rituals for Stone Age people.


Area Attractions & Things to Do In the Winter

There are PLENTY of things to do in Myrtle Beach during the winter! Here are our top snowbird activities for winter monthly rentals in the Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach area. Anything from dinner shows, to plays, to shopping and more, you will be able to take advantage of all the great activities and attractions the Grand Strand has to offer during your monthly stay.

Shows to Keep You Entertained

Popular for the Christmas Show, Carolina Opry and Good Vibrations. All in one extraordinary theater.

Pirates Voyage

Darrr! The most popular dinner show on the Grand Strand. Acrobatics, sword fights and a great dinner.

Medieval Times

A thrilling dinner show with sword fights, jousting, and more! But you have to eat with your hands. :)

Alabama Theatre

The famous One The Show is here! One of the entertainment venues you don't want to miss.

Legends in Concert

Live celebrity tribute shows from Elvis Presley, to the Blues Brothers, to Michael Jackson.

Long Bay Symphony

Classical masterpieces fill the theater for an amazing night out. Don't forget about the holiday season concert series.

Theatre of the Republic

The only place around Myrtle Beach to catch the top plays of all time, a new play each month.

Sunny Warm Day Activities

Take the day and wander the beautiful gardens and zoo at Brookgreen. One of the area's top attractions.

Myrtle Beach Skywheel

If you aren't scared of heights, take the Skywheel up for a view like NO other of Myrtle Beach.

Alligator Adventure

Hundreds of Alligators everywhere. A great budget-friendly attraction sure to entertain.

Conway River Walk

Nestled in downtown Conway, the river walk is a great place for a relaxing stroll along the Waccamaw River.

Top North Myrtle Beach Fine Dining Options

Innovative cuisine and a spectacular decor that will make you feel like you are in Sydney's finest harborside restaurant.

Martini's Fine Dining

A truly unique restaurant and lounge. Entertainment nightly and includes pianists to vocalists and blues & jazz guitarists.

Sea Blue Wine Bar

SeaBlue boasts a hip, urban bar setting. Featuring delicacies like Kobe Beef, Perigord Truffles, and Hudson Valley Foie Gras.

Villa Tuscana

Authentic homemade Italian food. A European Restaurant with a flair of Southern Hospitality.

21 Main

Features the finest 28 Day Dry-Aged Meats and offer the finest in fresh seafood. Guests claim they have the best sushi on the Strand.

Castano's Italian

Castano's is an Italian steak house serving the finest in prime seafood, steak and Italian homemade pastas dishes.

Movie Theaters

Located closest to North Myrtle Beach at Myrtle Beach Mall.

Carmike at Broadway (MB)

Full theater at Broadway at the Beach, also home to the Big-D theater.

Cinemark at Coastal Grand Mall

Located at the Coastal Grande Mall in Myrtle Beach.

Grand 14 at Market Common

One of the nicest theaters in MB, with extra wide rows and super comfy chairs.

Winter Friendly Activities in Myrtle Beach

Always a fan favorite, and at a great price. You can easily spend a few hours here meandering with the fishes (and sharks).

North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum

Get your history fix of the North Myrtle Beach area. Just built in 2013.

Hollywood Wax Museum

Brand new to the Grand Strand, you won't want to miss this HUGE wax museum.

Myrtle Beach Art Museum

If art is your thing, be sure to check out this HUGE museum full of paintings, sculptures and more.

Wheels of Yesteryear

Showcases one of the Southeast's most impressive collections of vintage American-made automobiles in one location.

Shopping, Shopping and Shopping

Tons of Stores! Located at both 501 and Hwy 22, these strip-mall style shopping complexes will keep you busy.

Barefoot Landing

Another famous attractions for tourists. Take the boardwalk around the shops and stop to eat one of the many restaurants.

Broadway at the Beach

The most popular shopping attraction in the area needs no introduction.

Market Common

Upscale boutiques and shops. A shopping sensation like no other.

Coastal Grande Mall

An indoor mall with plenty to do. A larger mall than Myrtle Beach Mall with plenty of stores.

Myrtle Beach Mall

Located on the southern end of NMB or northern end of MB, you'll find all the stores you need.

Arcadian Shores Commons

Located near the Tanger Outlets on Hwy 22, this shopping complex has Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross and more.

Coastal North Shopping Plaza

Brand new to the 2015 season in North Myrtle Beach, a huge list of stores dot this location.


Alice Lake Provincial Park

Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas. There are four fresh water lakes that dominate the landscape and make swimming and fishing very enjoyable pastimes. The trail around Alice Lake is a popular one for an evening stroll and for the more adventurous there is the Four Lakes Trail. There are excellent views of the Squamish River and the Tantalus Range from the DeBeck&rsquos Hill Trail. This is a favourite family park.

Established Date: November 23, 1956
Park Size: 411 hectare

Know Before You Go

Special Notes

  • It is strongly recommended that you make a reservation well in advance to stay at this park during the months of July, August and September. The park is usually full even on weekdays with little turnover of campsites in the morning. Some weekends when the weather is particularly warm, people are restricted from driving into the park if the parking lots are full.
  • The park has access to many mountain bike trails outside of the park. Please obey all signs while riding.
  • Please note that dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on the Alice Lake Trail, beach, playground or picnic areas.
  • Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am: Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.
  • Generator use is only permitted between the hours of 9am – 11am, and from 6pm – 8pm. View the generator policy
  • Electric Hook-ups: There are 55 vehicle-accessible campsites and one of the group camping areas with electrical hook-ups. The charge is an extra $8/night.

Reservations

All campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Campsite Reservations

Campsite reservations are accepted at this park and first-come, first-served sites are available until March 20, at which time all sites become reservable. Check-in for reservation holders is between 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm non-reservation holders between 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Check-out time for all sites is 11:00 am. Gates open 7:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.

Group Campsite Reservations

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Situated off Highway 99, approximately 13 km north of Squamish, 71 km north of Lions Gate Bridge in North Vancouver.

Maps and Brochures

Nature and Culture

  • History: Alice Lake, was named for the wife of Charles Rose who settled in the district about 1888. It was a popular recreation spot for local residents even before the park was established in 1956.
  • Wildlife: Small mammals and birds such as squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, Stellar’s Jays, crows and osprey can often be seen in the park.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Cycling

Mountain biking is permitted on certain trails and park roadways. Please see the online map [PDF] for details. Refer to guidebooks for information about the extensive mountain bike trails in the Squamish area.

The section of Four Lakes Trail between Edith Lake and Alice Lake (South Beach) and the trail around Alice Lake are permanently closed to cycling. The remainder of Four Lakes Trail is closed to cycling between May 1 and September 15.

Fishing

Hiking

Interpretive Programs

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that will teach basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for information. [PDF]

Staff from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will also be on site for summer sessions, loaning out fishing rods for free to anyone who wants to try fishing! If you're 16 years or older, you are required to have a freshwater fishing licence. Click here for information about the sessions. [PDF] -->

Pets on Leash

Swimming

Facilities Available at this Park

Accessibility

Campground trails are wheelchair-accessible. There are wheelchair-accessible picnic tables. Campsites 17 and 18 are also wheelchair-accessible.

Campfires

Drinking Water

Electrical Hookups

Group Camping

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!

Picnic Areas

Pit or Flush Toilets

Playground

Sani-Station/Dump

Showers

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 96 vehicle accessible campsites. Most of these sites can accommodate a large camper with trailer there are a few medium sized sites and a couple of small sites. There are 11 double sites. The campsite is set in forest cover and the sites are quite shaded. Sites are not on the lakeshore but are set back in the forest. Parking on road edges is prohibited. The second vehicle fee applies, please see party definition.

Check in at the gatehouse when you arrive. During posted operating hours, staff are available to check you in. If you have a reservation, you will be directed to your reserved site. If you do not have a reservation, any site that is not already reserved is available on a first-come, first-serced basis, and you can register and pay for your site at the gatehouse. If there are no staff available to direct you to a site, reserved and available sites will be posted at the gatehouse. You may proceed to non-reserved site and park operations staff will collect camping fees from you at your site each evening. See Dates of Operation table above for reservable dates.

The closest store is located 6 km away in Brackendale.
The gate is locked and there are no services or fees from November 1 to March 14.

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are 12 walk/cycle-in campsites available at this park. Parking is very close to the walk-in sites. The walk-in campsite has individual sites, some that are close together, which is good for family or groups.


Site of Alice Liddell’s holiday home, West Shore

Site of Alice Liddell’s holiday home

A house called Penmorfa was built here in 1862 for the father of Alice Liddell. The photo on the right shows the original house, probably in 1863. The man striking an artistic pose is almost certainly Lewis Carroll, who wrote his story Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell

The house was added to over the years and became the Gogarth Abbey Hotel. During the Second World War, the hotel was taken over as the officer’s mess for the coastal gunnery school (which you can read about here). In the 1970s scenes for TV adverts for PG Tips were filmed at the hotel, using chimps dressed as humans. Among the visitors were members of major business families including Cadbury (chocolate), Pilkington (glass) and Wedgewood (pottery). Businessman and Conservative MP Basil de Ferranti arrived by helicopter, which landed on the hotel’s lawn.

In 2008 the building was demolished to make way for a block of luxury flats. The photo below, taken in 2004, shows the building’s full extent.

The Victorian photo provides the most persuasive evidence that Lewis Carroll (pen name of Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) visited Llandudno, a subject of debate since the White Rabbit memorial was unveiled near here in 1933 with a reference to Carroll visiting. Alice Hargreaves (nee Liddell) was asked that year when Carroll had come to Llandudno. She replied: “It could not have been before 1862, as we were not there then.” This implies that he did visit.

The photo was in an album which Carroll presented to Alice. Also in the album was a photo from the zig-zag path behind the property. He was a talented amateur photographer, in the early years of photography. For the photo of Penmorfa, he would have posed Alice and her family and himself, and then instructed his assistant to remove the lens cap for the 30-second exposure.

He wrote a sequel called Through the Looking Glass which refers to local landmarks. The two rocks out in the bay were known locally as the Walrus and the Carpenter. The mine entrance nearby and the zig-zag path also tie in to the story.

The lowest photo shows the staircase in Penmorfa which Alice would have climbed to go to bed.


The cold spell of January, 1985

From January 18th through the 22nd, the entire country east of the Rockies experienced a major freeze. In fact, it was the most intense cold wave to hit the Southeast since the Arctic Outbreak of 1899. Record lows were set in Chicago, Illinois (-27), Jacksonville, Florida (7), and Macon, Georgia (-6). San Antonio, Texas also saw 13.2 inches of snow drop in just 24 hours — a new all-time record.

President Reagan's second inauguration parade had to be cancelled because the wind chill in D.C. was colder than -10 degrees F, so instead they had an indoor luncheon.


Winter, 2013-2014

A polar vortex gripped much of the midwest and northeast from late 2013 into early 2014 so much so that it became one of the top ten coldest weather periods on record for seven midwestern states. It also came in tandem with a massive amount of snow that set records for a number of cities across the country. Places like northern Indiana experienced their snowiest January ever recorded!


Contents

The town of Llandudno developed from Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements over many hundreds of years on the slopes of the limestone headland, known to seafarers as the Great Orme and to landsmen as the Creuddyn Peninsula. The origins in recorded history are with the Manor of Gogarth conveyed by King Edward I to Annan, Bishop of Bangor in 1284. The manor comprised three townships, Y Gogarth in the south-west, Y Cyngreawdr in the north (with the parish church of St Tudno) and Yr Wyddfid in the south-east. [6]

Modern Llandudno takes its name from the ancient parish of Saint Tudno but also encompasses several neighbouring townships and districts including Craig-y-Don, Llanrhos and Penrhyn Bay. Also nearby is the small town and marina of Deganwy and these last four are in the traditional parish of Llanrhos. The ancient geographical boundaries of the Llandudno area are complex: although they are on the eastern side of the River Conwy (the natural boundary between north-west and north-east Wales), the ancient parishes of Llandudno, Llanrhos and Llangystennin (which includes Llandudno Junction) were in the medieval commote of Creuddyn in the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and afterwards part of Caernarfonshire. Today, Deganwy and Llandudno Junction are part of the town community of Conwy even though they are across the river and only linked to Conwy by a causeway and bridge.

Great Orme Edit

Mostly owned by Mostyn Estates, the Great Orme is home to several large herds of wild Kashmiri goats originally descended from a pair given by Queen Victoria to Lord Mostyn. The summit of the Great Orme stands at 679 feet (207 m). The Summit Hotel, now a tourist attraction, was once the home of world middleweight champion boxer Randolph Turpin.

The limestone headland is a haven for flora and fauna, with some rare species such as peregrine falcons and a species of wild cotoneaster (cambricus) which can only be found on the Great Orme. The sheer limestone cliffs provide ideal nesting conditions for a wide variety of sea birds, including cormorants, shags, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, kittiwakes, fulmars and numerous gulls.

There are several attractions including the Great Orme Tramway and the Llandudno Cable Car that takes tourists to the summit. The Great Orme also has the longest toboggan run in Britain at 750m long. [7]

Development Edit

By 1847 the town had grown to a thousand people, served by the new church of St George, built in 1840. The great majority of the men worked in the copper mines, with others employed in fishing and subsistence agriculture.

In 1848, Owen Williams, an architect and surveyor from Liverpool, presented Lord Mostyn with plans to develop the marshlands behind Llandudno Bay as a holiday resort. These were enthusiastically pursued by Lord Mostyn. The influence of the Mostyn Estate and its agents over the years was paramount in the development of Llandudno, especially after the appointment of George Felton as surveyor and architect in 1857. Between 1857 and 1877 much of central Llandudno was developed under Felton's supervision. Felton also undertook architectural design work, including the design and execution of Holy Trinity Church in Mostyn Street. [8]

The town is just off the North Wales Coast railway line which was opened as the Chester and Holyhead Railway in 1848. It became part of the London and North Western Railway in 1859, and part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Llandudno was specifically built as a mid-Victorian era holiday destination and is served by a branch railway line opened in 1858 from Llandudno Junction with stations at Deganwy and Llandudno. The town is also served by Arriva Buses Wales, with services to Rhyl, Bangor, Caernarfon and The Great Orme Summit. Also there is Llew Jones with services to Betws-y-coed and Llanrwst.

Trams Edit

Present Edit

Former Edit

The Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway operated an electric tramway service between Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea from 1907, this being extended to Colwyn Bay in 1908. The service closed in 1956. [9] In Llandudno the original Tramway went up the middle of Gloddaeth Street and down the North Shore, through Penrhyn Bay and across to Colwyn Bay.

Llandudno Bay and the North Shore Edit

A beach of sand, shingle and rock curves two miles between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme.

For most of the length of Llandudno's North Shore there is a wide curving Victorian promenade. The road, collectively known as The Parade, has a different name for each block and it is on these parades and crescents that many of Llandudno's hotels are built. Near the centre of the bay is the Venue Cymru. The Llandudno Sailing Club and a roundabout mark the end of this section of The Parade and beyond are more hotels and guest houses but they are in the township of Craig-y-Don.

At Nant-y-Gamar Road, the Parade becomes Colwyn Road with the fields of Bodafon Hall Farm on the landward side but with the promenade continuing until it ends in a large paddling pool for children and finally at Craigside on the lower slopes of the Little Orme.

There is also a Land train that goes from North Shore to West shore running most days. Frequently driven by Kerry and Will Stonehouse. There is also a land train that goes around the Great Orme being refurbished with no finish date yet.

Llandudno Pier Edit

The pier is on the North Shore. Built in 1878, it is a Grade II listed building.

The pier was extended in 1884 in a landward direction along the side of what was the Baths Hotel (where the Grand Hotel now stands) to provide a new entrance with the Llandudno Pier Pavilion Theatre, thus increasing the pier's length to 2,295 feet (700 m) it is the longest pier in Wales. Attractions on the pier include a bar, a cafe, amusement arcades, children's fairground rides and an assortment of shops & kiosks.

In the summer, Professor Codman's Punch and Judy show (established in 1860) can be found on the promenade near the entrance to the pier.

Happy Valley Edit

The Happy Valley, a former quarry, was the gift of Lord Mostyn to the town in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The area was landscaped and developed as gardens, two miniature golf courses, a putting green, a popular open-air theatre and extensive lawns. The ceremonies connected with the Welsh National Eisteddfod were held there in 1896 and again in 1963. In June 1969, the Great Orme Cabin Lift, a modern alternative to the tramway, was opened with its base station adjacent to the open-air theatre. The distance to the summit is just over one mile (1.6 km) and the four-seater cabins travel at 6 mph on a continuous steel cable over two miles (3 km) long. It is the longest single-stage cabin lift in Britain, and the longest span between pylons is over 1,000 feet (300 m). The popularity of the 'Happy Valley Entertainers' open-air theatre having declined, the theatre closed in 1985 and likewise the two miniature golf courses closed and were converted in 1987 to create a 280-metre (920 ft) artificial ski slope and toboggan run. The gardens were extensively restored as part of the resort's millennium celebrations and remain a major attraction.

Marine Drive Edit

The first route round the perimeter of the Great Orme was a footpath constructed in 1858 by Reginald Cust, a trustee of the Mostyn Estate. In 1872 the Great Ormes Head Marine Drive Co. Ltd. was formed to turn the path into a carriage road. Following bankruptcy, a second company completed the road in 1878. The contractors for the scheme were Messrs Hughes, Morris, Davies, a consortium led by Richard Hughes of Madoc Street, Llandudno. [10] The road was bought by Llandudno Urban District Council in 1897. [11] The 4 miles (6.4 km) one-way drive starts at the foot of the Happy Valley. After about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) a side road leads to St. Tudno's Church, the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mine and the summit of the Great Orme. Continuing on the Marine Drive the Great Orme Lighthouse (now a small hotel) is passed, and, shortly afterwards on the right, the Rest and Be Thankful Cafe and information centre. Below the Marine Drive at its western end is the site of the wartime Coast Artillery School (1940–1945), now a scheduled ancient monument. [12]

West Shore Edit

The West Shore is a quiet beach on the estuary of the River Conwy. It was here at Pen Morfa that Alice Liddell (of Alice in Wonderland fame) spent the long summer holidays of her childhood from 1862 to 1871. There are a few hotels and quiet residential streets. The West Shore is linked to the North Shore by Gloddaeth Avenue and Gloddaeth Street, a wide dual carriageway.

Mostyn Street Edit

Running behind the promenade is Mostyn Street leading to Mostyn Broadway and then Mostyn Avenue. These are the main shopping streets of Llandudno and Craig-y-Don. Mostyn Street accommodates the high street shops, the major high street banks and building societies, two churches, amusement arcades and the town's public library. The last is the starting point for the Town Trail, [13] a carefully planned walk that facilitates viewing Llandudno in a historical perspective.

Victorian Extravaganza Edit

Every year in May bank holiday weekend, Llandudno has a three-day Victorian Carnival [14] and Mostyn Street becomes a funfair. Madoc Street and Gloddaeth Street and the Promenade become part of the route each day of a mid-day carnival parade. The Bodafon Farm fields become the location of a Festival of Transport [15] for the weekend.

Venue Cymru Edit

The North Wales Theatre, Arena and Conference Centre, built in 1994, and extended in 2006 and renamed "Venue Cymru", is located near the centre of the promenade on Penrhyn Crescent. It is noted for its productions of opera, orchestral concerts, ballet, musical theatre, drama, circus, ice shows and pantomimes.

Until 2017, Llandudno was unique within the United Kingdom in that its lifeboat station was located inland, allowing it to launch with equal facility from either the West Shore or the North Shore as needed. In 2017, a new lifeboat station was completed, and new, high-speed, offshore and inshore lifeboats, and a modern launching system, were acquired. This station is close to the paddling pool on North Shore. Llandudno's active volunteer crews are called out more than ever with the rapidly increasing numbers of small pleasure craft sailing in coastal waters. The Llandudno Lifeboat is normally on display on the promenade every Sunday and bank holiday Monday from May until October.

The ancient parish church dedicated to Saint Tudno stands in a hollow near the northern point of the Great Orme and two miles (3 km) from the present town. It was established as an oratory by Tudno, a 6th-century monk, but the present church dates from the 12th century and it is still used on summer Sunday mornings. It was the Anglican parish church of Llandudno until that status was transferred first to St George’s (now closed) and later to Holy Trinity Church in Mostyn Street.


23 Things You Should Know About Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's "Winter White House"

The private club that keeps finding its way into headlines.

Much like his bid for 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump&rsquos road to acquiring and maintaining Mar-a-Lago, his infamous private club in Palm Beach, Florida, was one hell of a ride. Consistently in the headlines since the 1980s, the private club made news once again early January when it was discovered its 2017 initiation fee doubled following the election &mdash from $100,000 to $200,000. But what&rsquos another $100,000 to enjoy the amenities of a club that the president&rsquos family owns and frequents?

Here&rsquos what you need to know about Trump&rsquos Mar-a-Lago:

1. Trump wasn&rsquot the first person to own Mar-a-Lago.

The 128-room Palm Beach mansion &mdash "mar a lago" is Spanish for &ldquosea to lake&rdquo &mdash was conceived by heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post who inherited $250 million at 27 from her father, Charles William Post, owner of Postum Cereal Company. The mansion was built between 1924 and 1927, at a cost of $7 million. (Given inflation, that's roughly equivalent to $93.5 million today.)

2. Trump also wasn&rsquot the first person who wanted to make the estate a &ldquoWinter White House.&rdquo

At her passing in 1973, Post willed the mansion to the government, intending for her estate to serve as a retreat for political elites. It was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1980, but the government returned the house to the Post&rsquos daughters that same year when the $1 million annual upkeep of the estate became too much. The sisters soon decided to auction off the giant mansion. Enter real estate mogul Donald Trump.

3. Trump engaged in a bitter battle with the Post daughters for the estate.

According to Trump, he initially offered $28 million to the Post sisters but was turned down. Guess how he responded? Badly! Trump then decided to purchase the beachfront property right in front of the estate and threatened to build an ugly home to block the Mar-a-Lago&rsquos oceanfront view. &ldquoThat drove everybody nuts,&rdquo he said. &ldquoThey couldn&rsquot sell the big house because I owned the beach, so the price kept going down and down.&rdquo Trump eventually purchased the Mar-a-Lago for $5 million and paid an additional $3 million for Marjorie Post&rsquos antiques and furnishings.

4. Trump used claims of racism and xenophobia to get the restrictions on his club lifted.

When Trump wanted to transform the property into a private club in the 1990s, local Palm Beach residents were opposed to it, and the town council handed down restrictions on membership, party attendance, etc.

Trump&rsquos lawyers then sent every member of the town council copies of A Gentleman&rsquos Agreement, a movie about a journalist who pretends to be Jewish to expose anti-Semitism, and Guess Who&rsquos Coming to Dinner, another movie about a white couple&rsquos reaction to their daughter bringing home a black fiancé. The movies were to push Trump&rsquos claims that local officials accepted private clubs that excluded Jews and blacks, but imposed tough restrictions on his &ldquoinclusive one.&rdquo Trump later used this to bolster his claims on Good Morning America that &ldquothere&rsquos nobody that&rsquos done so much for equality&rdquo as he has.

5. Trump claims his dealings with Mar-a-Lago offer a lesson on how to run the United States.

Trump has claimed that, despite his lack of political experience, his negotiations with Palm Beach for Mar-a-Lago offer the U.S. a lesson how it &ldquoshould be negotiating with Iran, with China, with India and with Japan and everybody else.&rdquo

6. The Palm Beach town council that once pushed back against Trump is now fairly silent.

A resident told Vanity Fair, "Everyone is lining up to kiss the ring. People are pissed off about what his comings and goings will do to the traffic here. But the fact is, against every pundit and the odds, he is the most important man in the world.&rdquo

7. Aside from the $200,000 initiation fee, the club has an annual fee of $14,000, and an additional $2,000 fee for food.

According to the club&rsquos managing director and executive vice president Bernd Lembcke, prospective members are required to meet with executives and managers of the club &mdash and that Trump himself must sign the approved application. Lembcke said the club is nearing its cap of 500 members.

8. The club has some seriously over-the-top amenities.

An oceanfront swimming pool, spa and salon, six tennis courts, a croquet court, two ballrooms, and seaside cabanas are just some of the many amenities the private club offers to its members. In 2008, after receiving the Five Star Diamond Award since 1998, the club finally earned the Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

9. The club&rsquos decor is just as ostentatious.

Trump inherited much of Post&rsquos original decor, including imported stone from Genoa, Italy, and 16th-century Flemish tapestries &mdash which eventually faded when Trump filled the room with sunlight. Trump built a 20,000 square-foot-ballroom with $7 million in gold leaf and four gold-plated sinks worth $100,000. There was also the club&rsquos "library, paneled with centuries-old British oak and filled with rare first-edition books that no one in the family ever read,&rdquo according to Anthony Senecal, Trump&rsquos former butler. LOL, reading!

10. Speaking of Trump&rsquos former butler, he reportedly called for President Barack Obama to be killed.

After Mother Jones unearthed posts on Facebook made by Senecal, who served as Trump&rsquos butler for 17 years, reportedly calling for Obama&rsquos death, Senecal was briefly questioned by the Secret Service. Statements made by the former butler, who&rsquod once posted Obama &ldquoneeds to be hung for treason,&rdquo are &ldquototally disavowed by Trump and the Trump Organization,&rdquo according to Trump&rsquos Facebook page. &ldquoThey are disgusting. Mr. Senecal is obviously a very troubled man.&rdquo

11. People writer Natasha Stoynoff claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Trump while at Mar-a-Lago in 2005.

In December 2005, around the time of Trump&rsquos infamous conversation with Billy Bush, Stoynoff traveled to Palm Beach to interview Trump and his new wife, Melania. Stoynoff claimed that right before the interview, Trump cornered her and forcibly kissed her, then asserted that they were going to have an affair. Trump vehemently denies the incident, calling it a &ldquofabricated story.&rdquo

12. Trump will once again hire foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor in October to hire 64 foreign workers through the H-2B visa program, which allows eligible U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary jobs (in this case, for Mar-a-Lago's winter season). Trump hired 69 foreign workers the previous year. He will hire 19 cooks at $12.74 an hour, 30 waiters and waitresses at $11.13 an hour, and 15 housekeepers at $10.17 an hour. "It's very, very hard to get people," Trump said when asked about it at the March presidential debate, "Other hotels do the exact same thing."

13. Céline Dion, Billy Joel, and Diana Ross are among those who've sung at concerts at the club.

Concerts took place in a 10,000 square-foot tent (later replaced by the 20,000-square-foot Donald J. Trump Grand Ballroom) on the Mar-a-Lago&rsquos front lawn. &ldquoThe tent wasn&rsquot a good noise container,&rdquo Leslie Shaw, a former member of the Town Council, told Vanity Fair. &ldquoAnd you would have limos coming from Fort Lauderdale and Miami and friends flying in from all over.&rdquo

14. Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson spent their honeymoon at the club.

The couple was just one of many celebrities to visit the club in the 1990s and early 2000s. (According to the club&rsquos membership director, in 1994, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, and Elizabeth Taylor were members.) The club membership director also claimed that Princess Diana and Prince Charles, then separated, &ldquoeach filed their own application and paid their own $50,000 initiation fee.&rdquo Trump later admitted, however, that he had merely sent the royal couple and other celebrities offers for free honorary memberships. Many, if not all, declined membership, according to media reports at the time.

15. And, wait for it, Jennifer Lopez and Sean &ldquoP. Diddy&rdquo Combs were once reportedly spotted at Mar-a-Lago having sex on a beach chair.

The couple visited the club on Easter Sunday weekend in 1998 and were spotted by Palm Beach Daily News columnist Shannon Donnelly on a beach chair beneath the Bath and Tennis Club&rsquos picture windows having what Donnelly would later call the &ldquoHorizontal Rumba.&rdquo &ldquoThey crawled into one of the Bath and Tennis chairs and were doing the big nasty right beneath the Bath and Tennis&rsquos picture windows with all of the grandmothers having lunch with their grandchildren,&rdquo Donnelly said.

16. Many of Trump&rsquos political rivals have attended Mar-a-Lago events.

Hillary Clinton attended Trump&rsquos wedding to Melania Trump in 2005 at the private club. Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Ben Carson have all attended various functions at Mar-a-Lago as well.

17. Guests paid a little more than $500 to attend this year&rsquos annual Mar-a-Lago&rsquos New Year&rsquos Eve gala.

Trump celebrated this past Christmas and New Year&rsquos Eve at the Mar-a-Lago, as he does in past years. The ticket price for this year&rsquos New Year&rsquos Eve gala generated some controversy for the then-president-elect, given that it's not hard to argue this constitutes paying for access to the president. Trump&rsquos aides rejected the questions.

18. Casey Anthony came out of hiding to protest Trump at the Mar-a-Lago.

Since being acquitted on charges of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Casey "Tot Mom" Anthony has largely stayed out of the spotlight. She reportedly reappeared at the &ldquoMarch Mar-a-Lago,&rdquo an anti-Trump protest organized by South Florida Activism and Women's March Florida PBC. Though she declined to be on camera, Anthony, a Palm Beach resident, told WPTV that she is against Trump&rsquos policies.

19. Trump possibly discussed sensitive national security information in the Mar-a-Lago public dining room.

Images posted to Facebook show Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sitting together in the public dining room moments before the two addressed the latest North Korean missile test, according to CBS News. In the images, you can see Trump on a phone and the two reading information by a camera light.

Mar-a-Lago club member Richard DeAgazio, who posted the photos to Facebook, wrote: "HOLY MOLY . It was fascinating to watch the flurry of activity at dinner when the news came that North Korea had launched a missile in the direction of Japan. The Prime Minister Abe of Japan huddles with his staff and the President is on the phone with Washington DC. the two world leaders then conferred and then went into another room for hastily arranged press conference. Wow. the center of the action. &rdquo

Since then, officials have questioned whether Trump was discussing sensitive national security information out in public. According to CBS, the White House has said the two were discussing a press conference about the test.

20. The club is prime opportunity to interview Trump without his press team.

In December 2017, Trump sat down for a 30-minute interview with a New York Times reporter unbeknownst to his team, who would typically monitor any interview he gives or call he receives. Even after the off-the-cuff interview, which concluded with Trump saying all forms of media will tank without him, had occurred, one official still didn&rsquot know what was going on and called it &ldquoembarrassing.&rdquo In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, another said, "At Mar-a-Lago, anyone who can get within eyesight changes the game.&rdquo

21. Trump dropped in on a wedding at Mar-a-Lago.

After the aforementioned dinner, CNN reported that Trump stopped by a wedding reception at the Mar-a-Lago's Grand Ballroom. He took a photo with the bride and bridesmaids and grabbed the microphone.

22. The club's kitchen received 13 violations during its latest inspection.

This January, Florida restaurant inspectors found various violations in the kitchen at Mar-a-Lago, though they ultimately decided it met the minimum standards, according to the Miami Herald.

Three of the 13 violations were "high priority,&rdquo which mean they could lead to the presence of illness-causing bacteria. One of the violations stated that while raw meats are supposed to be stored at 41 degrees, two of the coolers in the Mar-a-Lago kitchen were storing chicken at 49 degrees, duck and raw beef at 50 degrees, and ham at 57 degrees.

The club was also told that it doesn't maintain its coolers in proper working order and was asked to empty and repair them immediately.

23. Hackers can access the Mar-a-Lago Wi-Fi in less than five minutes.

Hackers reported that they were able to access three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks at Mar-A-Lago in less than five minutes. The three tech journalists wrote about their experiment for Gizmodo. Describing their efforts, they wrote:

These vulnerabilities could allow for advanced attackers to take over computers and smart phones in the area and record conversations. This is especially important, as it&rsquos been reported that Trump discussed sensitive information out in the open at the club.


Warmest Winter in History: More than 20 Cities Break or Tie All-Time Records

The winter of 2014-15 has been so exceptionally and persistently warm across the western third of the United States that more than 20 cities have tied or broken all-time records for the warmest meteorological winter (Dec. 1 through Feb. 28/29) on record.

A number of cities clinched the record several days ago as they outpaced the previous record-warm winter by such a large margin that they would have had to see subzero temperatures not to end the winter with the new winter warmth record.

The warmth has not been all good news in the West – snowpack has been well below average in the Cascades and is now at record-low levels for late February in the Sierra Nevada.

The slideshow above shows 20 of the cities that either tied or broke records for the warmest winter on record. We only included cities with at least 60 years of weather records, and not every city that set a record is included.

In case you're wondering, few if any cities in the East will have their coldest winters on record despite a series of high-profile blizzards and record cold waves – mainly because December was relatively mild.

Warmest Places This Winter

While the slideshow above compares cities' winter temperatures to their own historical records, here's a list of the 20 warmest cities in the Lower 48 compared against each other based on the average of all the daily high and low temperatures observed during the winter of 2014-15 as of Feb. 26, regardless of whether this winter was warmer or cooler than normal for their local climates:

1. Key West, Florida2. Miami, Florida3. West Palm Beach, Florida4. Fort Myers, Florida5. Vero Beach, Florida6. Punta Gorda, Florida7. Venice, Florida8. St. Petersburg, Florida9. (tie) Tampa, Florida9. (tie) Orlando, Florida11. Lakeland, Florida12. Plant City, Florida13. Los Angeles, California14. San Diego, California15. (tie) Brownsville, Texas15. (tie) Long Beach, California17. Phoenix, Arizona18. (tie) McAllen, Texas18. (tie) Daytona Beach, Florida20. Needles, California

The above rankings are based on NOAA temperature data for about 415 cities compiled by the Southeast Regional Climate Center.


Watch the video: Alys Beach, South Walton, Florida (August 2022).