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.