Environmental Concerns Land Golf Couse Plans In Rough

<p>Environmentalists and concerned residents are creating roadblocks in a plan by developer Donal Trump to build a $2 billion golf resort in Scotland.</p>
October 13, 2007, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The billionaire property developer wants to turn sand dunes at the Menie Estate, 15 miles north of Aberdeen, into a $2 billion golf resort - complete with two 18-hole courses, a luxurious 450-bedroom hotel, 950 vacation homes, 36 golf villas and 500 upscale homes costing from $800,000 to $2 million each."

"Standing in his way are the current inhabitants of the unspoiled sandy beach with rolling dunes: seven species of endangered birds including Skylarks and breeding waders, particularly Lapwings and Redshank on the World Conservation Union's 'Red List.'"

"Residents in the quiet nearby village of Balmedie also are up in arms over the proposed resort, branding it a 'gated community' with too many houses that would spoil the bucolic atmosphere of the area."

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Published on Thursday, October 11, 2007 in Associated Press via MSNBC
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