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Donald Trump Can’t Do Business in the Hamptons

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.

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