All 65 homes in the Fairway community have backyards facing the golf course. Since summer the resort planted palm trees and other greenery on the side of the property line they share with residents.
For Antonio Pardo, the tree issue out outweighs the sound.
“It doesn’t bother me personally- all my life I have been surrounded by golf courses. We are golfers,” said Pardo, 70, has been living in the his home for nearly 24 years. “The problem we have is the plantation.”
Pardo said he spent roughly $64,000 for those views and doesn’t want to lose them.
Aside from aesthetics the new trees attracted rodents, and caused flooding when it rains and other problems with neighbors, according to Pardo.
In an email, attorney Stanley Price, who is representing the residents, said a 1989 zoning application filed by the then-owner of the resort shows that all the homes were intended to have golf views.
“The county approved the development after it considered and approved of the fairway views assured to each of the individual lots,” said Price, via email. “The city, under its charter stands in the shoes of the approving entity, Dade County. A simple review of the zoning history of the site is replete with favorable consideration of the views afforded to each of the homes.”
In an interview Wednesday City Manager Joe Carollo said he has not determined yet if the planting goes against any city codes.
“I am trying to get all the information on this issue before we have a final determination with department directors and the city attorney,” said Carollo. “I cannot answer that question.”
Carollo had scheduled a meeting for Thursday with Russo and Ivanka Trump.