With foreclosure sales making up 39.7 percent of home sales in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, there’s nothing like someone coming to town and rubbing in the fact that the closest thing he’s ever come to foreclosure was on a golf course. Chapters 11 and 33? He’s been there, but consider those war scars of the rich and famous.That someone would be Donald Trump, who, back in the ’80s, staged a “mortgage burning” in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower, showing off the fact that he raised money to save a Georgia widow’s farm. On Jan. 7, The Donald will re-create that mortgage burning, this time to show off the paid-off $210 million construction loan of Dezer Properties’ Sunny Isles Beach oceanfront condominium, The Trump Royale. Trump will celebrate in his typical bombastic style — or lack thereof — with fire dancers, among other things. The event is open to all credentialed media (The Donald’s second favorite thing next to AquaNet) but not to any of the thousands of Miami folk who’d love to set their mortgages ablaze, too. To kickoff New Year’s celebrations, Drake will be flown from Toronto to Miami on the Saint Crystal Jet as the brand celebrates its prelaunch at the W South Beach‘s big New Year’s bash. During the party, Saint Crystal, the hot new sparkling vodka, will be supplying complimentary fizzy vodka shots all night long in their cabana. Sounds like Drake’s got some competition. Alexandre Arnault, son of LVMH honcho Bernard Arnault, took to the turntables Wednesday night at Mokai as, says our source, “bottles of Dom Perignon flew through the crowd” honoring “DJ Double A” and his new, uh, career. Hosting the Wednesday grand opening of South Beach’s new gay hotel, Lords South Beach, is a colorful crew, including designer Richie Rich and former socialite turned reality-show participant Tinsley Mortimer. Soundtrack will be provided by legendary drag queen Lady Bunny and DJ Tracy Young, no stranger to reality shows herself after a dalliance with Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak. Last but not least, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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