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Proposed U.S. Flag In Downtown Miami Would Be Tallest In North America

Healthcare billionaire Mike Fernandez wants to build the tallest flagpole in North America in downtown Miami, according to the Miami Herald.

The flagpole would rise 400-feet and cost between $5 and $10 million to build. The flag itself would weigh 500 pounds.

City officials are currently scouting locations. Fernandez told the Herald that he prefers a site between the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park.

 

(image:mike fernandez/miami herald)

 

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Anonymous

huh? Why would this be necessary. Not to be unamerican by it sounds cheesy and tacky, like something Vegas should have

Anonymous

AGREE. I THINK THE OTHER PRIOR COMENTS WERE SARCASTIC…WITH TEN MILLION DOLLARS HE (MIKE ) COULD BUILT A NICE PARK IN OVERTOWN OR AROUND THE AREA INTEAST OF A FLAG POLE!!!

Daniel

This would be an AMAZING addition to downtown Miami! Please let it happen! I would love to see and visit this new addition every time I am in downtown.

XVS

They should build it right where you live, so that you wouldn’t have to travel so far.

Daniel

Lmao I live not too far from Miami haha

global reach

I hope this happens ! Maybe people will finally understand that they’re still in the United States while in Miami.

Luchiano Montero

It’s an Amazing Idea!!! I LOVE IT!! It’s time to show some patriotism!!! I’m Proud to be an American!!! 🙂

msingn

Sorry This would look horrible in the Miami Skyline. This with Skyrise Miami would clutter the area. If you want to be patriotic why not just paint a giant flag mural on a side of on of the downtown buildings?

Also there is a desperate need of money to help all the homeless off the streets of Downtown.. This is a billionaire making a 10 million dollar trophy for himself disguised as the Ameican Flag.

Luchiano Montero

I Agree that instead of spending the money on this he can get some homeless people out of the street, but its his money and he’s allowed to spend on what he wants.

xvs

Sure, but not anywhere he wants.

aceraroja

what tacky crap

ZachJ305

This is disgusting. Totally tacky. At least Skyrise has some sort of utility and will draw tourists…this is nothing but visual pollution to clutter the skyline.

Anonymous

What a waste of $10M. I’m sure a homeless shelter can put that money to better use

XVS

Since Mr.Fernandez is a “healthcare billionaire”, it’s safe to assume that this $10M is taken from the pockets of the most desperate, sick people.
He should just discount his product and be done with it.

Anonymous

if you are patriotic then show it by helping those in need this money could go to education programs in inner city parks, homeless assistance, help rebuild the crumbling olympia theater and provide arts programs for under served children and so much more. to be proud americans we must stand for our principals . the flag is a symbol but it is what we as americans do by our actions what makes it us a better nation,

mike

HORRIBLE IDEA!!!!!!

XVS

Why doesn’t Mr.Fernandez build this totalitarian monstrosity in his backyard? Or at least in his neighborhood?

Anonymous

because the gables would not allow something like this monstrosity which has no purpose and who will pay for the up keep of the flag and what if he decides not to we will be stuck with a pole the size of a wind turbine sticking up in the middle of a park just because some rich guy wanted to glorify himself as a proud american.

J.

I don’t understand how a flagpole could cost $10 million. WTH? Perhaps a slightly smaller and less costly flag would make just as much impact….

Luchiano Montero

I don’t like the idea of building in front of the Skyline because it will NOT look good, but I wouldn’t mind having this built behind! In addition, He has a Purpose! Mike you’re incredible – the last 30 days you have donated one million to the Mourning Foundation – your open letter in the Miami Herald showing your support to the Israeli people and now this incredible flag idea. Here’s his purpose: “It’s kind of a symbol to the world that Hispanic Americans, we’re not just proud of our Cuban heritage, but we’re also proud of our American heritage,” Suarez said. “Sometimes, what gets lost in our discussion as Miamians is that we’re grateful to this country that allowed us to enter and become prosperous in all facets of community life.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/08/06/4274914/#storylink=cpy

Luchiano Montero

In addition, I would like to add that this idea will look very good in the Middle of Museum Park. It will give the Green Lawn a Nice touch to it!

Anonymous

That giant flag would provide more shade than the trees there.

xvs

You can be grateful all you want, but this this thing is just butt ugly. Place it where you live, if you like it so much.

PS. I am pretty sure I know why a “healthcare billionaire” is grateful to be in the country where any procedure costs 3-10 times as much as anywhere else in the world. That “prosperity” is built on misfortune of others.

Afi K. James

Beautiful idea.

global reach

People are whining about the flag but no one whines about the Cuban exile museum being built on county land behind American Airlines, and using tax payers money. But when something that showcases American patriotism, so many are up in arms bashing it. Actually I think the flag shouldn’t go there in Bayfront park, but i’m trying to make a point about patriotism in the Miami area. A area with also an half ass veterans parade on veterans day(Plus they celebrate Bay of Pig Veterans with City funds in the parade).

XVS

Even if you are the world’s biggest patriot, you don’t attach a foot-by-foot flag lapel pin to your chest.
Or you’ll look like a fool.
It’s all about the size and the place.

mike

BELIEVE ME!!, i think the Cuban museum would be 1000 worse! they have enough dam museums as it is. But flag would also be ugly as hell!

Luchiano Montero

I agree with you Global reach!

Miguel

This city has gone to the dogs! But our bayfront is going to hell in a handbasket! Leave the bayfront alone. Bring back its natural beauty!

Anonymous

Why bundle all hispanics under one country? Hispanics as a whole occupy 65% of miami dade county of which about half of that is cuban and rest from all over latin america.

He should have left it as hispanics not only proud of “our” heritage…..

With that statement, he did personalize it. I like his message in general but that flag is tacky.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/not-just-cubans-many-latinos-now-call-miami-home-n37241

Daniel

Why so much criticism? Let the man do what he wants with his money! Who knows, maybe he could partner with a phone company or something of that source and provide a hidden antennae for stronger connections in downtown Miami. But how could you say it’s ugly? It’s literally just a thick flag pole with a huge American flag on it. I personally love the idea. Give us Americans in downtown something to be proud of that represents our patriotism!

XVS

You should learn how to feel patriotic without making your city look like a freak show.
Make it 1000ft tall and build it in downtown Coral Gables.

marc

No ones against the flag or the gesture itself. It’s the friggin scale and location that’s being ridiculed. As someone else mentioned this area is going to be full of gimmicks along with the hideous skypin. This city’s downtown is becoming classy with the museums, performing arts center, the boulevards promenade redesign, parks, and new architecture and people want to add these tacky Vegaslike elements. ‘Murica @#%! yeah!

marc

By the way, I’m against using parcel B for a Cuban museum. Use the damn Freedom Tower.

Kevin James

How obscene and tacky. This can go in Oklahoma City or Las Vegas. Absolutely horrible.

William Martin

A better place for this tacky flag pole will be in the middle of the golden glades!

Dev1

He should buy a piece of land and build something allowed by Zoning Ordinance. First Beckam and now MBF, why do these guys think they can just build something out of whack with zoning and on somebody else’s land? You want to build something in Downtown Miami you need to pony up $100 million to buy a lot and then follow the zoning….otherwise get the hell out!!

mike

Giant flags, cuban mueums, the ugly vibrator looking building in bayside……what’s going on? ENOUGH!!!

Dave

Put the flag at the east entrance of Port Miami. What better way to welcome all the cargo and cruise ships into US/Miami then with a flag. Much better than raising it in Downtown.

marc

This is reasonable.

XVS

Excellent idea.

david m

wow, freak show idea. like, las vegas.

Anonymous

Wow, a nice gesture Mike, but a really bad idea. I like to think that I am a patriot, but prefer not to wear my emotions on my sleeve or branded on my chest. Great men have no need to boast of their love of country or to overcompensate with misplaced gestures. Your idea of Art might differ from mine. I would never tell you what to hang on your living room wall and you wouldn’t impose your idea of Art on the owners of property adjacent to it. That would be rude. Thank you for reconsidering.

Chip

The vibration from a 400′ lanyard is sure to create a lot of noise in moderate winds. Be prepared for lawsuits from residents of the adjacent properties!