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Billionaire wants to add large U.S. flag to Miami skyline

Mike Fernandez scouts potential downtown sites for 400-foot flagpole
Mike Fernandez

Mike Fernandez

Downtown Miami’s evolving skyline could include a 500-pound American flag atop the tallest flagpole in the nation if billionaire Mike Fernandez gets his wish.

Fernandez arranged a Wednesday tour of several potential Miami sites for the flag with a Commissioner Frances Suarez and City Manager Daniel Alfonso. The chairman of Coral Gables-based MBF Healthcare Partners prefers a location between AmericanAirlines Arena and the Perez Art Museum Miami. The 400-foot flagpole would cost between $5 million and $10 million to construct.

“It’s a gift that I’d like to consider giving to our country and to our city,” Fernandez told the Miami Herald.

The former head fundraiser for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Fernandez is a major Republican Party donor. He came to U.S. from Cuba in 1964. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis