Trump National Doral laying off 560 workers

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Trump National Doral laying off 560 workers
Photo Credit: Robert Silk

President Trump’s golf resort and spa on the outskirts of Miami, the Trump National Doral, has filed notice with the state of Florida that it will lay off 560 employees.

The filing, attributed to Trump Miami Resorts Management LLC, said the layoffs consist largely of food-and-beverage, hotel service and golf course personnel. It said the resort has begun shutting down operations because of the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant restrictions.

“Based on the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of this situation, at this time we are unable to provide a specific date at which we will be able to recommence regular resort operations and return affected employees to work,” said the filing, which was dated March 30 but only recently published on the state’s online bulletin board.

Doral’s “Blue Monster” course is known as one of the best 18-hole golf courses in Florida. In October 2019, President Trump proposed the resort as a site for an upcoming G-7 economics summit meeting, but he abandoned the plan after objections that it was an abuse of his position.

The layoffs at the 700-room Trump National Doral are comparable in magnitude to those at the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key in downtown Miami, which filed to lay off 488 workers three days earlier.

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