JUPITER, Fla. — How much is the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter worth? The answer is as complicated and contradictory as the property’s famous owner.
President Donald Trump’s financial disclosures in 2016 and 2017 list the value of Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter as “over $50 million.” But in an ongoing lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, Trump insists the value “should be no more than” $5 million.
In what has become an annual rite of summer, Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter this week sued the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser and the Florida Department of Revenue concerning the taxable value of the 213-acre property.
Jupiter Golf Club LLC, owner of the course, filed suit against Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon and the head of the Florida Department of Revenue. The complaint doesn’t say how much the property is worth, but it does contest the property appraiser’s estimate of $18.4 million.
Each July since 2014, Trump has sued the property appraiser to contest the valuation of the course. In the original 2014 suit, Trump said the taxable value of $25 million far overstated the golf club’s true worth.
In that suit, Trump said he paid just $5 million for the then-troubled course in 2012.
A commercial property appraisal gauges the value of the real estate underlying a business, but it doesn’t reflect the full value of an operation such as Trump’s golf club.
The property appraiser’s latest estimate values Trump National Golf Club at $18.4 million. Based on that valuation, his annual tax bill would be $383,171.
The property-tax rate on the golf course is about 2 percent, so each $1 million reduction in taxable value saves Trump about $20,000 in annual property taxes.
—The Palm Beach Post
Man accused of assaulting flight attendants to remain in federal custody
SEATTLE — The Florida man accused of disrupting a Seattle-to-Beijing flight a week ago by trying to open an exit door and assaulting flight attendants waived his detention hearing Thursday and will remain in federal custody.
Joseph D. Hudek IV, 23, has been charged with one count of interference with flight crew members for allegedly assaulting two flight attendants on Delta Air Lines Flight 129 on July 6.
Hudek, who was sitting in first class and traveling on a “dependent pass,” ordered one beer before takeoff and showed no signs of intoxication, FBI Special Agent Caryn Highley wrote in a criminal complaint filed Friday.
About an hour into the flight, Hudek briefly went into the lavatory, according to the complaint. He then went back out and asked one of the flight attendants a question in the galley area, the complaint says.
Hudek returned to the lavatory for about two minutes. After he walked out, he lunged toward the emergency exit door, grabbed the handle and tried to open it, the complaint alleges.
The flight attendant and a second flight attendant tried to subdue him, but Hudek allegedly shoved them away and moved the emergency release lever halfway up.
One flight attendant later reported that the door could have opened if it had been fully disarmed at the altitude they were flying over the northwest end of Vancouver Island, B.C.
Attendants asked passengers for help as one of them called the cockpit to alert the flight crew of the emergency. The pilot notified the Federal Aviation Administration of the threat, and the flight carrying 210 passengers and 11 crew was diverted back to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Meanwhile, Hudek allegedly punched one of the attendants twice in the face, hit a male passenger in the head with a wine bottle and punched him several times.
A flight attendant grabbed two wine bottles and hit Hudek with both, breaking one over his head.
One flight attendant and a male passenger were treated for severe facial injuries.
Hudek, of Tampa, Fla., faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
—The Seattle Times
LAPD chief tells Senate Democrats ‘all of us are less safe’ with more aggressive immigration enforcement
WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told Democratic senators Thursday that increased random enforcement of immigration laws has caused fewer people to call 911, report crimes and come forward as witnesses.
“It makes all of us less safe when that social contract we have between each other breaks down, and that’s what this does,” Beck said.
California Sen. Kamala Harris invited Beck to the Senate Democrats’ weekly luncheon to present his perspective as the police chief of a large city where many immigrants live.
—Los Angeles Times
15 dead in suicide bombings in Cameroon
YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Two suicide bombings have left 15 people dead in northern Cameroon, a regional official said Thursday.
The first suicide bomber walked into a phone booth near a restaurant and detonated her explosives in the town of Waza on Wednesday, said Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of the country’s Far North region.
The second bomber also managed to set off her bomb before police fired at her.
“We have 15 deaths, including the suicide bombers,” Bakary said.
The fatalities included three schoolchildren. More than 40 people were reported to have been injured.
The town, which has often been targeted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, was sealed off.
Nigeria-based Boko Haram has killed at least 500 people in Cameroon since it started targeting the country in 2013.
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