Donald Trump’s $100M Lawsuit Claims Airport Intentionally Routes Planes Over His Florida Estate

(Captain Kimo)

West Palm Beach by air (Captain Kimo)

We’re sure it’s probably very annoying to have a massive, sprawling estate in Florida, only to find that planes are daring to fly over it, like some kind of winged pest intent on disturbing your peace. At least, we’re sure that’s probably very annoying if you’re Donald Trump, who is suing Palm Beach County for $100 million, partly over those flights soaring above his sprawling Mar-a-Lago estate.

Heck, he’s even ticked off his own private jet has to fly over the place — can you imagine the annoyance?

CNNMoney reports that Trump is suing Palm Beach County in Florida for $100 million, accusing the county-run airport of routing air traffic over his mansion and private club on purpose.

He called out the airport director personally, alleging that he’s looking for revenge for a lawsuit Trump leveled at him 20 years ago to block him from expanding the airport. So if he can’t go by land…

“The county’s and [the airport director’s] efforts in this regard are both deliberate and malicious, and motivated by personal animosity towards Donald Trump,” reads the lawsuit. “[The airport director] is seeking revenge by attacking Mar-a-Lago from the air,” according to the lawsuit.

His lawyer points out that even the Trumpster is forced to fly his private set of wings over his own club.

Because the historic estate was built in 1927 (and not purchased by Trump until 1985), it predates the airport by a decade. It’s listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is “particularly susceptible to the corrosive bombardment” from jet aircraft.

“The overflights of Mar-a-Lago have caused a direct and substantial invasion of the property by excessive, unreasonable, unwarranted and uninvited noise, vibrations, fumes, pollution and residue, which cause direct physical damage to Mar-a-Lago,” reads the lawsuit.

This being Donald Trump, the lawsuit adds the claim that the mansion is “by far and away the most important historical structure in Palm Beach and one of the most important in Florida and, indeed, the United States.”

Donald Trump sues ‘malicious’ Palm Beach airport for $100 million [CNNMoney]

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