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Donald Trump's Scottish neighbors to protest with Mexican flags

By Eric DuVall
Players participate in the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009. Since then, Donald Trump has purchased the iconic Scottish course and spent lavishly to renovate it. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will arrive there Friday to promote the course's official reopening as Trump Turnberry. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI
Players participate in the 138th British Open Championship at Turnberry in 2009. Since then, Donald Trump has purchased the iconic Scottish course and spent lavishly to renovate it. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will arrive there Friday to promote the course's official reopening as Trump Turnberry. File Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI | License Photo

ABERDEENSHIRE, Scotland, June 23 (UPI) -- Neighbors of Donald Trump's newest golf course in Scotland said they plan to fly Mexican flags in protest of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee when he arrives there Saturday.

Trump is scheduled to make a two-day trip to promote his luxury golf ventures in Scotland, leaving the United States on Thursday.

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He will appear first at Turnberry, a luxury golf course and hotel on Scotland's southwest coast, which he purchased in 2014 and spent millions to renovate, with a ribbon-cutting on Friday.

After spending the first day at Turnberry, Trump plans to travel to the site of another $300 million project in Aberdeenshire, on the northeast coast.

Residents of neighboring homes plan to fly Mexican flags, including a handful located just a few hundred feet from the course and visible from the clubhouse, as a show of protest. They said it is partly over Trump's controversial comments labeling some Mexicans as "rapists" and "murderers" -- but also out of local angst over the building of the project, which environmentalists opposed.

The Scottish government approved the construction over residents' concerns that the course would infringe on a portion of the iconic sand dunes that line Scotland's coast.

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Trump's initial plan included two golf courses, luxury condominiums and time-shares, a five-star hotel, tennis and equestrian facilities and a golf academy.

So far, one acclaimed 18-hole course and a one-story clubhouse have been built, while work is ongoing to expand an estate manor on the grounds into a 19-bedroom boutique hotel and event space. Trump's total investment to date is about $57 million.

Trump initially said the complex would employ 1,200 people. It has about 95 employees so far, many on a seasonal basis because the course is closed during the winter.

Local residents said they have been told by planning officials that the initial blueprint, which called for building a five-story, five-star hotel, has been scrapped.

The developer also fought a legal battle to stop a wind farm from being built off the coast. Trump lost the case in December.

But he has not abandoned plans for an expansion in Aberdeen. Local officials are considering a proposal to build 850 private homes and 1,900 "leisure accommodation units" on the estate. In exchange, Trump may be required to invest in public housing and, possibly, build a new school.

The timing of Trump's U.K. trip comes the day after a referendum among Britons as to whether the country should leave the European Union.

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Trump's public schedule does not include any meetings with British or European leaders, which have been common for American presidential candidates when traveling abroad in recent elections, CNN reported.

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