Just like he’s shown his Republican rivals in the race to the White House, Donald Trump is showing no mercy to some of his Doral golf club neighbors.
The Trump-owned company that bought Trump National Doral Miami in 2011 is suing the owners of five single-family homes on Northwest 45th Lane and Northwest 43rd Terrace (the homes’ back yards touch the edges of the golf course).
The reason: The presidential candidate’s lawyers claim that the Doral Chase homeowners — Francisco Rodriguez, James Almaraz, Alejo Carlos Peyret, Nancy Dominguez and Juan Infante — have been messing with the PGA Tour golf course’s new landscape.
According to the five lawsuits filed in four separate Miami-Dade County circuit courts, the new trees, bushes and flowers were a part of Trump’s alleged $200 million investment in the host resort of the upcoming WGC-Cadillac Championship.
In true Trump fashion, the lawsuits describe the early March tourney as “one of the most important in professional golf.”
“The Areca Palms, Buttonwood and Fishtails have been planted adjacent to the property line of some of the homes that border the golf course . . . to improve areas which were previously unkempt and unsightly,” the lawsuit reads. “(In January) the plaintiff discovered that the Areca Palms located on the golf course . . . have been destroyed.”
Damages hover around $15,000.
Trump National claims similar trees were cut down in March 2015 and around Christmas, and Doral City Manager Edward Rojas sent a letter to the property owners telling them to stop.
“Now, Donald Trump is getting criticized for putting in trees,” said Ed Russo, who supervises environment work on Trump’s golf courses. “We conducted some surveillance, and the homeowners who are being sued are the perpetrator of the most egregious trespassing and damage.”
According to the records, the five have yet to hire lawyers.
Now it’s an exodus. Funnyman Kevin James has just put his Delray Beach house on the market for $28.8 million.
After Celine Dion and golfer Greg Norman, the star of Paul Blart: Mall Cop is the third major celebrity to start getting rid of a South Florida property in the past three weeks. The 50-year-old actor has the property on the market for $28.85 million.
He bought on Aug. 1, 2012, for $18.5 million, according to property records. Then, a few months later, he plunked down another $4.25 million for a vacant acre-lot adjacent to the eight-bedroom mansion.
James is selling both as a package, including about three acres of beachfront land and 26,000 square feet of living space.
James’ move is sudden, and it doesn’t appear he is shopping for another house in the area. Listing agent Jack Elkins declined to comment.
Good news, bad news
There’s good news and some bad for the Miami Heat.
The good: A Miami-Dade circuit court judge dismissed two counts from the lawsuit that a school teacher filed against the team after, she claims, Heat mascot Burnie made her fall and injure her hip. Tossed out: gross negligence and loss of consortium with her husband.
Now the bad: The Heat and Caribbean Elementary teacher Susan Sanchez are gearing for a trial set to last between five and seven days. The date is to be determined soon. The counts to be tried: negligence, negligent supervision and battery.