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Balmedie Journal - Debate on Trump Project Takes the Low Road - NYTimes.com

BALMEDIE, Scotland -- Since refusing to let Donald Trump buy his house, inconveniently located in the middle of Mr. Trump's planned $1.5 billion development in the countryside here, Michael Forbes has had an unusual number of visits from local enforcement officers. Skip to next paragraph Enlarge This Image Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse -- Getty Images

Michael Forbes on the 23-acre property near Balmedie, Scotland, that he has refused to sell to Donald Trump. Even without the parcel, the project has been approved. The New York Times

Mr. Trump will build two golf courses, housing and a hotel.

One, he said, came to see whether he was abusing his hens, his geese or his horse (he was not). Another came to see whether he had an unlicensed shotgun (he did not). And a third came to investigate reports that there was a flammable substance in an old tanker on his land (there was not).

Mr. Forbes, a fisherman and granite quarry worker who has lived here for 41 years, since he was 15, said he did not care and would not move, no matter who wanted him to. But the unpleasant attention he is getting, regardless of who is behind it, comes as no surprise to the scattered, battered opponents of Mr. Trump's grand golf-and-housing project, which already has preliminary approval and may start construction early next year.

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:49:39 PM EST
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