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Anyone Can Be a Member at Mar-a-Lago

As long as you've got the money.

For all the outsized lore about its wealth, privacy, and byzantine social mores, Palm Beach, Fla., is an almost ridiculously thin strip of land, at times measuring barely 400 feet across.

Mansions, most surrounded by hedges just high enough to indicate their colossal size, line up one next to another on the edge of the beach. Parts of the island are so narrow that it’s only one-lot deep, which affords double-sided views of Lake Worth Lagoon and the Atlantic.