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Long-shot idea to have Donald Trump build a film studio in Homestead fizzles

Homestead won’t be home to Trump City Studios after all.

Donald Trump had attached his name to a proposed movie production center on 800-acres abutting the Homestead Air Reserve Base. But Miami-Dade County officials have determined that most of the land is unusable because the county doesn’t own it, the land uses are restricted or because of environmental issues including the presence of an endangered plant and snake, as well as asbestos contamination.

“Based upon the information, the project as proposed would not be something Mr. Trump would be interested in,” said Michael Cohen, Trump’s right-hand man and legal counsel.

The plan for a futuristic movie studio in South Dade was presented by surprise by county Commissioner Joe Martinez in the midst of a hot mayoral election. He lost in August to incumbent Carlos Gimenez.

Martinez insisted the proposal wasn’t timed for maximum political potency. He pitched the idea to Trump over dinner, shortly after the business tycoon bought a golf course in Doral, Martinez said.

Both Cohen and air base officials weren’t happy about the way Martinez pushed the plan.

More from Christina Veiga here.