A wealthy businessman is waving the white flag in his bid to fly a massive 40-story-high American flag over downtown Miami, contending that “dirty politics” is turning his “Flag of Gratitude” dream into a nightmare.
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Mike Fernandez was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1964 as a penniless child. He made a fortune in health care and wanted to show his appreciation to America with a 425-foot flagpole in Museum Park, adjacent to the home arena for the Miami Heat.
But Fernandez tells the Miami Herald that after several face-to-face meetings with elected officials that left him “flabbergasted,” he’s all but given up on his idea of making the nation’s tallest flag part of the city’s sun-splashed downtown skyline.