The Tampa, Florida, military base that has gained notoriety for its connection to General David Petraeus' sex scandal has been compared to Wisteria Lane from the show Desperate Housewives where out-of-control parties with top brass are a nightly occurrence, and where social climbing is a favorite pastime.
Those visiting MacDill Air Force Base for the first time will likely be surprised to see the sprawling bayfront homes with covered porches, the upscale gym, golf course, boat rentals and other trappings of the good life that bear little resemblance to nearly any other military outpost.
'It’s the nicest base I’ve ever seen,' a private contractor with base access told The Daily Beast. 'It blew me away, as far as what the taxpayers pay for.'
Oasis: While at first glance MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa does not look different than any other military outpost, those familiar with the place say it resembles a tropical resort dotted with luxury homes
People familiar with the culture of MacDill say they are not surprised by the recent revelations that Petraeus had an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, which was made public after Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite with close ties to the base, set off an FBI investigation into the CIA director’s mistress.
Upscale: The base features bayfront homes with covered porches, a top-of-the-line gym, golf course, boat rentals and places offering SCUBA lessons
'It’s well-known in social circles that all the big wigs do a lot of partying,' said Jack Belich, a private investigator in nearby St. Petersburg told the daily Beast. 'That’s just part of the way they operate over there, and Tampa has always had these social gadflies and liaisons.'
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