Floridas Briny Breezes has emerged as an unlikely venue for a Trump library and residents are on board with the plan
An unlikely venue has emerged as a possible site for Donald Trumps presidential library: a Florida trailer park where retirees spend their time on shuffleboard courts and playing cards in a clubhouse overlooking the sea.
The old Florida town of Briny Breezes occupies 43 acres of prime waterfront land sandwiched between the Atlantic and the intracoastal waterway just 12 miles south of the presidents palatial Mar-a-Lago resort.
Incorporated as a town with its own mayor and post office in 1963, the caravan park with a seasonal population of fewer than 650 would set Trump back more than $1bn, according to residents who discussed selling up at a public meeting last month.
Trump has previously declared an interest in acquiring the site for development, and James Arena, a real-estate broker and Briny Breezes resident behind the idea, says it would be a perfect addition to Trumps already diverse Florida property portfolio that includes hotels, golf resorts and a mysterious quarter-acre patch of mosquito-infested scrubland.
The idea of a presidential township in this area makes a lot of sense, said Arena, who has lived in Briny Breezes with his wife and two children for almost a decade, and insists he would not be a broker in any deal.
This is one of the most prestigious pieces of property anyone could own in the world. Its on a barrier island so is a very safe and secure location. If you were to have a library and museum that you could only access by water taxi it would revitalize the entire waterway in a manner I dont think anybody could imagine. It would open new restaurants and real estate would boom.
President Trump is certainly someone who has the wherewithal to take on a project like this, hes familiar with the place. Id love to shake the presidents hand and discuss it with him directly.
With a general election to fight later this year, choosing a venue for his own library a museum-cum-memorial traditionally set up by presidents after they leave office might not be an immediate priority for Trump. Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization returned the Guardians request for comment. It might just be wishful thinking from the residents.
But it is no secret Trump was sniffing around the site more than a decade ago, when shareholding residents first sought to sell up for development and make themselves instant millionaires. He told the Palm Beach Post in 2007 that Briny, as it is known fondly to residents, was a wonderful location and that he was looking to team up with the developer who wanted to buy the land for $510m. Ultimately that deal fell through.