By Francisco Alvarado
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
A day after celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust found probable cause that his consultant Ed Russo violated local lobbying regulations in connection with a failed bid to take over the Crandon Park Golf Course from the county. However, the ethics commission dismissed the charge against Russo, as well as two companion complaints against Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Trump for also breaking lobbying regulations.
According to a summary of the June 17 meeting, Trump expressed an interest in buying Crandon while playing a round of golf with the mayor at the public course last year. Gimenez told Trump the county could not sell him the golf course, but that he could possibly manage it. “Since there was no…