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Trump Doral making progress paying off subcontractors’ liens

 
 
Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen with Palm Beach County State Attorny Dave Aronberg.
Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen with Palm Beach County State Attorny Dave Aronberg.
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Unhappy subcontractors have filed a total of nine liens against Trump National Doral over the past months, causing observers to wonder how billionaire owner Donald Trump’s company is paying some of the bills for the famed resort’s $250 million renovation.

Since August 2012, according to Miami-Dade County records, subcontractors ranging from painters to a concrete mix company and window installers have filed mechanics’ liens for nonpayment of bills against Trump’s golf resort and home of golf’s Cadillac Championship.

In late April, for example, Georgia-based Oldcastle Building Envelope filed a lien claiming it had not been paid for $100,065 worth of skylights installed at the resort between September and March.

And in May, Duct Design Corp. of Hialeah filed a lien claiming that Trump National still owed $179,886.44 from a $662,249 contract to install ventilation and air-conditioning ducts. The work started in May 2013.

The good news: Some of the businesses are starting to be paid.

Records shows Duct Design cleared the lien on June 19, and the skylights company on June 26.

Oldcastle lawyer Michael Brown filed one of the liens against Trump. “This many liens on a job could show problems with payments,” he said. “But in Florida, liens like these are fairly common in construction.”

Said Jack O’Connell, Trump’s vice president for construction: “These are typical disputes on construction projects. As far as I’m concerned, we’re paid up.”

REAL ESTATE REPORT

TV fame paid off for Chad Carroll, one of the Realtors featured on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Miami.

He just made a tidy little profit on the sale of his personal 45th-floor condo at 1100 Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami.

He sold the crib last week for $920,000, according to records. That’s a 26 percent return on his initial $727,500 investment in less than a year.

Carroll bought the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot crib in September.

“The exposure the show brings is incredible, and it’s an amazing opportunity for sellers,” Carroll said.

The reality series, which features Carroll and home peddlers Chris Leavitt and Samantha DiBianci, airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

‘BIRDMAN’ APPEARANCE

Miami Heat star Chris “Birdman” Andersen wasn’t able to pull off enough wins for the Miami Heat during this year’s NBA Finals — but fans still love the tattooed NBA titan.

Andersen’s presence at a Boca Raton restaurant over the weekend lured more than 700 people who clamored for photos with the 6-foot-10-inch free agent.

Among them was Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

“I told him I hoped he’d stay,” the county’s top lawman told Birdman. “He answered he loves it here, but he needs to treat the game as a business.”

SHORT-CHANGED?

Warren Sapp stiffed a waitress Tuesday at the Upper Deck Sports Bar in Hallandale Beach after the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star and a friend had $69.30 worth of food and drinks.

According to a copy of the tab that ended up on Twitter, Sapp wrote a “0” on the tip line and wrote a small explanation: “Boys don’t tip!”

Sapp took to Twitter to explain that the waitress kept calling Sapp and his friend “boys.”

When we called the bar for comment, another Upper Deck employee hung up the phone.

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