What’s in the new FEMA Golf Course in Atlanta?
In July 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would build a golf course in Atlanta’s historic Meadowbrook Park, just a few blocks from the city’s iconic Atlanta Dome.
The project was originally planned to be a $25 million golf course and was expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
But that plan was abruptly canceled in October 2018.
A group of protesters were among those who blocked the construction of the new golf course.
The group held a protest in March 2019, while more than 1,000 other people gathered outside the site.
As of October 2018, more than 400 people were arrested at the protest.
After the protest, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed declared that the Meadowbrock Golf Course would not be built.
“This is a clear violation of federal law and city ordinances,” Reed said in a statement at the time.
“It is unacceptable for the city to continue to allow this facility to go forward despite the fact that we have been clear in our commitment to working with the Federal Government to prevent such violations.”
The city ultimately approved the project, which was slated to open in 2020.
But in January 2019, the US Supreme Court ruled that the federal government cannot block local governments from using funds earmarked for public projects for private projects.
The ruling was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in September 2020.
Atlanta officials were still able to build the golf course that year.
The new golf courses in Georgia and New York City, for example, both have been built on public land, and neither have been approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In the years since the Meowbrook protest, there have been many other examples of federal and state governments failing to abide by the court’s decision.
Earlier this year, for instance, a new Trump administration rule was announced that would have forced the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma to change the way they manage wetlands.
This rule is scheduled to take effect in January 2021.
Other examples of environmental and health risks related to the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda include a proposed new water pollution rule for the Gulf of Mexico that was approved by Congress in February 2018, and an order that the Department of Labor will now review a proposal to remove the term “job creator” from the definition of “minor.”
This change, known as the “Pruitt Rule,” has been opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that believe that the definition includes people like Trump and Pruitt who do not work for the federal agencies that would be affected by the rule.
Meanwhile, in 2019, a federal judge in Florida ruled that a state agency was not able to block a lawsuit filed by the state of Florida against Trump and his company, the Trump Organization.
The state of California challenged the Trump organization’s use of an anti-discrimination rule in 2018, arguing that the rule was unconstitutional because it did not apply to contractors.
This ruling was eventually upheld by a federal appeals court in December 2020.
A federal appeals judge in New York ruled in January 2018 that the Trump-owned Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., violated the constitution by refusing to comply with a lawsuit by the city of New York against it.
The hotel was later forced to pay the city $25,000 in damages for violating the city and federal law.
Trump’s son Eric, who is the president of the Trump Foundation, also used the Trump Hotel in Washington to help fund a campaign event in March 2020.
This was one of a number of events that Eric and his wife, Ivanka Trump, held in 2020, according to the Washington Post.
In April 2020, a lawsuit was filed against the Trump family in California, alleging that they were involved in the sale of an Olympic Games ticket that was stolen from a hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
The lawsuit was later dropped.
In February 2019, President Trump was named to the board of directors of the Environmental Protection Foundation (EPA), a nonprofit that promotes the use of the Clean Water Act.
The board had originally appointed Trump to the position in 2016, but he was later removed after he failed to comply to several ethics requirements.
In July 2019, EPA announced that the agency would discontinue the use the term ‘job creator’ from its official name.
The term ‘minor’ would continue to be used.
EPA announced the change in March 2021.
The name change came amid criticism from environmentalists and others who said that the phrase ‘minority job creator’ was a politically loaded term and that the name ‘job builder’ could be applied to anyone who is part of the workforce.