Despite opposition from critics, Donald Trump received the go-ahead to build a taxpayer-financed golf course in the Bronx on Wednesday.
City officials from the Department of Parks and Recreation approved the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse that will be built in Ferry Point Park, near the base of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Officials voted 5-1 to the $184 million golf-complex, which will be funded by the city.
The Trump Organization received a 20-year license agreement for the course, which is set to open in spring 2014.
Critics of the Bronx golf course Trump bid railed against the high fee for golfers, which the city said it amended in its final deal, giving discounts to junior golfers, seniors and local residents.
Critics also fear the city is getting cheated out the revenue it could make from the Bronx site. A representative from Comptroller John Liu's office was the lone no-vote at the meeting, saying that Liu was not comfortable with the compensation of the project.
This agreement, which amounts to a public subsidy for a luxury golf-course, is not structured in the interests of New York City taxpayers, Liu said in a statement.
The Ferry Point Park course, which will be called, naturally, Trump Golf Links, is the mogul's eleventh course around the world.