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Utility poles lead to Trump's anti-FPL Twitter rant

Posted: 10/09/13 at 6:15 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/09/13 at 6:33 pm EDT

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Real Estate mogul Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage against Florida Power and Light.

Best known for board room battles and a catch phrase that ends careers, Trump apparently took to Twitter Tuesday to lash out at FPL.

"In my opinion, one of the worst utility companies in the country is Florida Power and Light," tweeted Trump under his Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump.

Trump recently dropped a reported $150 million on the Doral Golf Resort, which is undergoing a massive renovation.

But today, during a phone interview with 7News, Trump tee'd off on FPL and the condition of the power poles near the resort entrance. "They're very ugly poles," he said. "They are old. They are broken-looking. They are discolored. They look like hell at the entrance to not only a multi-million-dollar resort but an important part of Florida."

Trump also claims the poles are dangerous and wants them replaced. In March, he shared his plans with sports director Steve Shapiro. "We're going to make this into the finest resort in the United States, and I think it won't even be that tough," said Trump.

Trump seems to be angry at the power company, which supplies the resort's electricity, about the power poles at the course that prompted tweets from Trump's account like: "Florida Power and Light has disgusting rotting utility poles outside Doral in Miami. They should put in new ones or will be sued."

FPL responded in a statement reading in part: "The safe and reliable performance of our system is paramount. We encourage any customer who has a specific concern to contact us directly."

Trump tells 7 news his representatives have been in contact with FPL about the issue and that he turned to Twitter to turn up the heat. "I think they have an obligation to do something, not just collect their fees," he said. "We have been dealing with them, and hopefully it will be successful in the end or else it will end up in a lawsuit."

FPL says it has inspected more than 130,000 utility poles a year since 2006 and replaced more than 50,000.

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