Opportunity in the Midst of Disaster

Lynette Dufton
2 min readDec 30, 2021

The Chinese pictograph for disaster contains the symbol for opportunity.

Last June, disaster struck the seaside town of Sunrise, FL. A high-rise condominium collapsed leading to 98 deaths. “We saw cracks in the concrete pillars in the underground garage, but didn’t think much of it.” Cracked concrete is never a good sign, people.

The high-rise condo was more than fifty years old. Many of its residents had lived there for the duration and had paid off their condo mortgages. They were living on a private beach and paying only the monthly maintenance fee. That’s a great deal.

Meanwhile, condos were built in less-desirable nearby locations with lease fees ten times greater than the old-timers were paying. Oceanfront units exceeding 3,000 SF were going for $10 million. Landside units at 800 SF (“efficiency apartments”) ran $400 K.

Then the old high-rise collapsed and oceanfront lots with utilities were suddenly available. Opportunity knocked and developers leaped at it like a starving shark. Luxury condos are now being constructed, presumably with adequate support columns.

Who should be among the first to reserve a luxury condo there but those Great Opportunists, Jared and Ivanka. They will cough up $38 K per month, $456 K per year (plus that pesky maintenance fee), for a weekend beach getaway spot. Half a million per year for a seaside vacation home may seem a little “Let them eat cake” to the common people, but we must recognize the sacrifices Jared and Ivanka made in service to our country from 2017 to 2021. They deserve a break.

Only smart people like Jared and Ivanka could pick up the “opportunity” in the “disaster” that was the condo collapse.



Lynette Dufton

These posts are written by my father, Ed Dufton, who has an incredible knack of condensing the day’s news into a witty and insightful commentary on society.