While convicted DUI killer John Goodman waits in a county jail for the April 30 hearing that’ll decide how long he’s going to serve for the death of motorist Scott Wilson, would-be buyers for Goodman’s fancy International Polo Club Palm Beach are lining up!
Straub wouldn’t comment about what he’d pay, but real estate sources say the 100-plus acres, stadium, restaurants and pool could fetch over $60 million!
What Straub did tell Gossip Extra is that he’s offered Goodman’s family to buy – even if Wellington’s chi-chi Sunday hangout has yet to be put on the market. Straub has yet to receive a response.
“With what happened with John, many of the teams will not return next season,” Straub said. “They will not want to be associated with a convicted felon who’s serving time for a death.
“IPC already lost several teams.I don’t think the club can survive without John Goodman.”
Requests for comment from IPC boss John Wash and Polo Director Jimmy Newman weren’t answered.
Goodman was convicted last month of driving drunk Feb. 12, 2010 when he slammed his Bentley into Wilson’s economy car. Goodman, 48, was also convicted of causing Wilson’s death by walking away from the crash site and not calling 911 for nearly an hour. He faces 30 years in state prison.
The multi-millionaire Texan made national news in January when he adopted 42-year-old Heather Colby Hutchins, his girlfriend, so that he could gain access to a trust fund set aside by his family for his children.
Incidentally, Goodman revived Wellington polo in the mid-2000s as Straub created bad blood with residents when he shut down and demolished his polo stadium at the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club.
This season, however, Straub got back into the horsie biz and opened his Polo West, a facility for medium-goal polo played a night on smaller fields.
“I know Vargas is interested in buying IPC, too,” Straub said.
Vargas owns the Lechuza Caracas team that’s been competing at IPC since 2008. Twenty-one of Vargas’ horses died before thousands of spectators before an IPC match three years ago after ingesting tainted vitamins. Vargas couldn’t be contacted about his interest in Goodman’s property.