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The Trump Fort Lauderdale Hotel Will Never Open

Where: 551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
December 24, 2010 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

This isn't exactly the uplifting hotel news you'd want to hear on the day before Christmas but in case you were wondering why Trump Hotels hasn't opened their Fort Lauderdale hotel yet, this is why:

The 298-unit condo-hotel is beset by litigation, including two class action lawsuits from buyers and a foreclosure by a government-chosen successor to the original lender, Corus Bank.

Apparently, Trump terminated the licensing deal with the building's developers "a long time ago" and shouldn't be responsible for the building's financial woes, mainly defaulting on a $139 million loan.

The hotel was set to open last fall but for now, it's just an empty-near finished building facing the beach that's frequented only by "maintenance crews and real estate types." Will someone please help this hotel find a home for Christmas? Well, at least Christmas 2011?

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