The good news is that Donald Trump has not filed suit. Not over his “unsolicited proposal” to take control of the county golf course on Key Biscayne.
I’ll pause here to allow atheists among you to reconsider, in light of this miraculous situation. Trump has not sued the county or mayor or county commissioners or parks department or any weekend duffers who might have disparaged his grand plans for a long term management contract to run the Crandon Park course. Trump has not even threatened to sue, though he pops out with lawsuit threats so incessantly, it’s as if he suffers from a litigious variation of Tourette syndrome.
Not that Trump has any reason to sue. Not yet.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been so excited by the prospect of Trump bringing his Rococo excess to the county-owned golf course that he has hardly been able to keep himself from meddling. The mayor, whose son has done lobbying work for Trump, recused himself back in January 2014, but the Herald’s Doug Hanks found emails indicating that Gimenez hasn’t quite ignored the Crandon Park negotiations.
Not that I blame Gimenez for fudging the definition of recusal when it comes to Trump. The mayor knows that any perceived slight could cause The Donald to turn loose his Samurai lawyers to sack and pillage.
This is someone who sued the government of Scotland because he thought a wind farm more than a mile offshore blighted the view from his luxury golf resort on Aberdeen Bay.
Just last week, Trump withdrew a lawsuit against Doral, which he had filed Feb. 12 in a fit of pique over city code inspectors charging Trump National Doral maintenance crews with noise violations. This is the same city, mind you, that lavished $2.5 million of taxpayer money on Trump to help stage his Miss Universe pageant last month (for a beauty contest not actually held in the city.)
Meanwhile, Trump is suing Palm Beach County for $100 million, claiming the county-run airport was “seeking revenge by attacking Mar-a-Lago from the air.” The lawsuit claimed that the county was directing air traffic over his Palm Beach mansion to punish him for his 1995 lawsuit that held up airport expansion.
Excessive noise in Palm Beach is different, apparently, fro excessive noise in Doral.
Trump sued the city of Palm Beach over for code violations issued for his 82-foot, Mar-a-Lago flagpole. This is the same fellow who threatened to sue Florida Power & Light over the company’s unsightly utility poles in Doral.
Trump has sued a Miss USA contestant for disparaging his pageant on Facebook. He sued comedian Bill Maher over a late night TV joke suggesting the orange-haired Trump descended from orangutans. He sued the Trump casinos in Atlantic City to drop his name. He sued a biographer for underestimating his wealth. He even sued wildly successful Miami developers and notable philanthropists, Eddie and Jules Trump, over use of their own name.
But thank goodness, he hasn’t sued over Crandon Park. Not yet.