Trump Golf Resort Settles Suit Against Alleged Palm Tree Vandal

  • Neighbor accused of harming trees said they attracted rats
  • Same Trump resort was accused of stiffing paint-supply firm

One of President Donald Trump’s luxury golf resorts in Florida voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit in which it accused a neighbor of vandalizing palm trees that were part of a $200 million refurbishment.

Trump National Doral Miami reached an unspecified settlement with one of its many neighbors, Jose Infante, on April 13, according to court records in Miami-Dade County Court. Infante’s lawyer, Fernando Tamayo, listed his client as the “prevailing party” in the court filing.

Infante, who was accused in February 2016 of trespassing and damaging several Areca palms, responded to the suit by saying in court filings last year that the trees had become overgrown, encroaching on his property.

The trees, which are full and dense, attracted “rats and other vermin,” creating a health hazard, the attorney said.

Court records show the golf resort alerted local police to the damage. The police then sent letters to Doral residents, advising them to report any vandalism of the Trump property.

A message left for the resort’s lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey in Miami, wasn’t immediately returned. Infante’s lawyer, Tamayo, also didn’t return a call.

Trump bought the Doral Resort and Spa in 2012 and renamed it before renovating it. Last week, the same Trump property was ordered by a Miami appeals court to pay a local supply company more than $32,000 for paint plus attorney’s fees of about $390,000 over its failure to pay for the materials in full after sprucing up the property’s 10 lodges in 2014.

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