|"Gimenez described the Trump proposal as a reasonable idea for the county to entertain"|
Can you imagine cutting down a shoreline of mangroves from 20 feet high to 4 feet? Well, Donald Trump can. He was going to take our public golf course on Key Biscayne and weed-wack our mangroves lining the shore so golfers could get a nicer view. It was a deal-breaker according to an article today by Douglas Hanks in the Miami Herald. It was a deal that Carlos Gimenez cooked up much to the dismay of the County Commissioners. They killed it. Hanks wrote of the deal:
The plan called for Trump to spend $10 million redoing the public course, in exchange for a 99-year management deal that would maintain the waterfront property as a county park but give the mogul’s golf empire control of tee times.
County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava said of the deal:
“I wasn’t persuaded that there was an overall advantage,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. “It would have put an investment into the park, but it would have made the park most likely inaccessible to more of our residents.”