Trumped up Noise Lawsuit Hits the Headlines

Even having hundreds of millions at your disposal can’t protect you from noise nuisance it would seem. Property billionaire Donald Trump has filed a $100m dollar lawsuit over flight patterns at Palm Beach International Airport that he complains send airplanes over his exclusive Mar-A-Lago Club, damaging the club and causing a noise nuisance.

Mar-A-Lago is a private club with 450 members which Trump bought in 1985, restored and opened in 1995.

The lawsuit, filed against Palm Beach County, alleges that for many years, flights fanned out from the runway and avoided flying exclusively over the club. But in recent years, planes have stopped fanning out, instead flying east from the airport and putting Mar-A-Lago directly in their path.

The above map shows Mar-a-Lago's location in comparison to the nearby Palm Beach Airport. Image from Daily Mail

The above map shows Mar-a-Lago’s location in comparison to the nearby Palm Beach Airport. Image from Daily Mail

The suit acknowledges that the county stopped fanning flights in order to control noise, but says that result is instead a concentration of noise in one direction – Trump’s.

Furthermore, the Trump suit (filed by Mar-A-Lago, LLC) claims that the Palm Beach County airports director Bruce Pelly is deliberately flying planes over Mar-A-Lago to fulfil a personal vendetta.

“The County’s and Bruce Pelly’s efforts in this regard are both deliberate and malicious, and motivated by personal animosity towards Donald Trump, who had sued Pelly personally in 1995 and who was instrumental in successfully opposing Pelly’s efforts to expand the airport, which expansion was found to be totally unnecessary. Pelly is seeking revenge by attacking Mar-a-Lago from the air,” the complaint reads.

This is at least the third lawsuit Trump has fielded regarding the airport.