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Donald Trump Gets Key to Fla. City for Hotel Project, Miss Universe Event

By    |   Friday, 30 January 2015 08:29 AM

Donald Trump will receive a Key to the City of Doral, Florida, just a few days after he helped bring the Miss Universe pageant to town.

"I am very grateful to receive this honor from the City of Doral," Trump told the Miami Herald on Thursday. "I have mentioned many times before that Trump National Doral holds a special place in my heart."

Doral Mayor Luigi Boria brought the motion to a vote at Wednesday's city council meeting, where it passed 4-1.

Councilwoman Christi Fraga was the lone voice of dissent, objecting to the lay-down procedure Boria employed to bring the motion to a vote, as well the decision to give Trump a key in addition to Miss Universe president Paula M. Shugart.

"I think that [favoring] one business over the other is not good public policy," she said, referring to Trump's recent acquisition and expansion of the historic Doral Resort and Spa. "I think when you identify one business owner and applaud it over another, it sets a bad example."

Councilman Pete Cabrera said weeks ahead of the vote that he would support giving a key to Trump, as he'd spent a lot of money to purchase and revitalize the historic Doral resort after it went bankrupt in 2011. That, in turn, paved the way for the city to host the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.

"I’ll be supportive of it. Trump is someone who has invested $300 million in our community," Cabrera said, referring to the newly renamed Trump National Doral Miami. "I also had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Shugart and she is an amazing person who had brought an amazing event to our city."

Cabrera was among those council members who voted in September to invest $2.5 million in order to be the host city for the pageant.

As it was with the most recent key vote, Fraga was the only dissenter in the September vote.

Variety magazine reported this week that "NBC’s annual 'Miss Universe Pageant' produced big ratings gains this year, as the event stood as the night’s top broadcast in key demos with some of its best numbers in years."

The live, three-hour event saw the crowning of Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, and drew 7.6 million total viewers.

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