Trump: I'm Being Targeted by Vengeful Airport

He files $100M lawsuit against Palm Beach County
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2015 2:44 AM CST
Donald Trump speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington last year.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump says his Palm Beach estate and private club is one of the most important structures in the country—but it's being destroyed by vengeful airport authorities. In a $100 million lawsuit, the tycoon claims that the county-run airport has been "motivated by personal animosity towards Donald Trump" to redirect air traffic over the Mar-a-Lago estate, damaging the 1927 club building through "excessive, unreasonable, unwarranted, and uninvited noise, vibrations, fumes, pollution, and residue," CNN reports.

The lawsuit claims airport director Bruce Pelly's "deliberate and malicious" routing of air traffic over the estate is revenge for Trump's 1995 lawsuit over airport noise. "It's doing tremendous damage to the No. 1 landmark in the state of Florida, between the vibration, the soot, the noise, all of these elements," Trump tells the AP. To add insult to injury, Trump says, even his own Boeing 757 has to fly over the estate, where he has a home. The Palm Beach County Attorney's Office had no comment on the lawsuit.

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