It has (mercifully) been a quiet past few weeks in the world of billionaire-neighbors-from-hell, but fear not outraged readers … Donald Trump appears to be at it again.
Back in June, I blogged about how Trump hired contractors to erect a massive boundary fence and plant trees around the long-time home of David Milne, a resident of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, whose property is adjacent to Trump’s controversial $2 billion golf resort being prematurely (it's set to open next summer) dubbed as the "world's greatest golf course."
Then to add insult to injury, the orange-skinned real estate monster and reality TV personality proceeded to bill Milne around $4,600 for the fence-building, tree-planting project. Much to the dismay of Milne and other Aberdeenshire residents, the 1,235-acre golf mega-resort — to be built on ecologically sensitive sand dunes and beaches that are home to several endangered species of birds — was green lighted by the Scottish government in November 2008.
Now Trump is attempting to block another large-scale development in this pristine stretch of Scotland that’s turned into a real-life version of Local Hero: an offshore wind farm to be located in Aberdeen Bay about 1.5 miles from the resort. Vowing to prevent the proposed wind farm using “any legal means,” Trump worries that the £200 million ($327 million) renewable energy project that’s supported by the European Commission and the Scottish government will ruin his view.
Says Trump organization managing director George Sorial: "We are here to stay, and I don't think it's a good idea to interfere with our investment. We are not going to support a project that compromises what we have done. We will use any legal means in our jurisdiction."
To further complicate things, the proposed European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, downsized to 11 turbines from 33 due to safety concerns over the project’s proximity to the world’s busiest heliport, is backed by several entities including the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group and the Wood Group that also gave Trump their blessings to go ahead with his golf course.
And, of course, original Trump-hater and view-blocking victim, David Milne, has something to say about the ordeal: "How can a man who has just destroyed a site of special scientific interest and is in the process of despoiling an area of outstanding natural beauty with his golf course, comment on the view? It's laughable."
Indeed. If you think you can stomach it, head on over to The Guardian to read the full story.