Project: Tallest Flagpole on the East Coast
Billionaire pitching massive U.S. flag 400 feet over downtown Miami
A Coral Gables billionaire wants to hoist a 500-pound American flag atop a massive, 40-story flagpole over downtown Miami.
Mike Fernandez, chairman of the Gables-based MBF Healthcare Partners, toured several Miami sites Wednesday afternoon with a city commissioner and Miami’s city manager in order to discuss possible locations for the tallest flagpole in the country. They planned to visit the point where Bayfront Park meets the InterContinental Miami, the north corner of the FEC slip near the AmericanAirlines Arena, and Virginia Key, with Fernandez’s preferred site somewhere between the arena and the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
“It’s a gift that I’d like to consider giving to our country and to our city,” Fernandez told The Herald.
Fernandez, a major donor to Republican candidates and the former chief fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott, has been mulling a way to pay homage to the United States for years. He came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1964 as a penniless child and made his fortune in healthcare. He says the idea is “very preliminary,” but he began to consider flying a massive flag over downtown after watching a video of the Wisconsin-based insurer Acuity building a 400-foot tall flagpole on its Sheboygan campus.