Donald Trump Takes Doral Noise Ordinance Issue Out of Court
Instead, Trump decided to have negotiation talks with the city, according to his spokesman Ed Russo who said, “In good faith, we have decided to voluntarily withdraw our lawsuit against the city, and we look forward to productive discourse regarding this matter.” The ordinance at issue is Section 26-128 of Doral’s charter that provides that the standard for violating the noise ordinance is “unreasonably loud, excessive, unnecessary or unusual noise.”
Trump had filed a suit against the city after it issued more than 100 violations to Trump National Doral, mostly for making “unreasonably loud noise” by the resort’s lawn maintenance crews. In the suit, Trump had argued that the ordinance
“[wa]s vague and ambiguous in its definition of prohibited activity, and provide[d] the city’s Code Enforcement Department with unfettered discretion for determining whether a violation exist[ed].”
Previously, City Attorney Daniel Espino had criticized the resort for “escalat[ing] [the] situation unnecessarily” but had hoped that the resort “[would] look to be a good neighbor and resolve [the] situation amicably.”
According to his lawyers, each violation imposes a $1,500 fine, and Trump has already paid $50,000 in legal expenses to fight the citations. Trump has been pushing the city to amend its noise ordinance since he acquired the property in 2012.