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Donald Trump wants to manage Key Biscayne golf course

Unsolicited proposal includes $10M in improvements to golf course

February 11, 2015 01:15PM

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Donald Trump and Trump National Doral

Donald Trump and Trump National Doral

Donald Trump wants a piece of Key Biscayne’s public golf course, according to a published report.

Trump’s organization submitted an unsolicited proposal to Miami-Dade County last fall to take over management of Crandon Park’s golf course and invest $10 million in improvements, the Miami Herald reported.

Details of the document, which has not been made public, were outlined by a Trump aide.

“Golf is not an essential service,” Ed Russo, a Trump consultant, told the Miami Herald. “We don’t have all the budgetary restraints the county has…. We’re prepared to put in $10 million, with a $5 million reserve, to restore that golf course to its original grandeur.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez recused himself from talks with Trump over the proposed Crandon Park golf course takeover, according to a tweet from a Miami Herald reporter. Gimenez’s son represents Trump in Doral.

Trump bought what is now Trump National Doral out of bankruptcy in 2012. [Miami Herald] — Katherine Kallergis

  • 1Ronald

    Listen up everybody. A number of issues here.

    (1) Miami-Dade now gives deep local discounts at Crandon, where playing 18 holes during the winter cost $180 a round but only $85 on weekdays for county residents, (2) Trump is donating $15,000 to the reelection of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Gimenez holds authority over the county’s parks and contracting departments.
    (3) ANOTHER REASON, to vote for Raquel Regalado?
    Folks, it’s your course. I don’t play golf. Always thought it was an old man’s game. But, I relate to those who do. And. Do you want this to happen to YOUR course?

  • HWG

    Keep the course in the hands of the people. Privatizing Crandon Park would be terrible for the people of Miami Dade. The intent of the creators of Crandon golf was to keep it a hidden gem. If this course is taken from the residents of the county a great injustice will be done. If the Donald wants to make a nice donation because he respects the course then ok. I don’t like management aspect. Would like more details before judging, but on it’s face this seems wrong.

  • Marc

    Municipalities have no business owning and managing golf courses.

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