Donald Trump may be one of the most successful businessmen in America and he may be running rather flagrantly for president, but in the 55 years I have been here I cannot recall him ever opening a successful business in the Hamptons. I recall two times he tried. One never got off the ground. The other ended after a short time.
The one that never got off the ground was to have been a Donald Trump golf course. I don’t recall where. It might have been where Sebonack is now. But I recall he went into negotiations to build one, got as far as making an application and announcing a golf course architect, but then it all fizzled.
The one that didn’t last was a helicopter service. Trump helicopters ran as a regular service between New York City and East Hampton Airport for two years in the late 1980s. They were shiny, classy-looking, black affairs with the word TRUMP on the side in big gold letters. The choppers ran a full daily schedule for two summers. Then were gone. During this time, two airlines ran regularly scheduled twin-engine aircraft flights between East Hampton Airport and New York City, and then they abandoned regular service and became charter services there.