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No, Miami Does Not Need a 400-Foot American Flag Downtown

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Apparently the hot new trend in Miami is billionaires wanting to erect giant things in downtown just for the heck of it. Of course, there's developer Jeff Berkowitz's 'R'-shaped Skyrise observational tower that will go before voters later this month.

Now there's Coral Gables healthcare billionaire Mike Fernandez's idea to put a giant, 400 foot tall American flag downtown.

According to the Miami Herald, Fernandez got the idea after insurance company Acuity built a 400-foot flagpole, the world's tallest, in Wisconsin earlier this year. It actually replaced an earlier flagpole that had toppled over due to high winds.

Fernandez's idea: he wants to do that in downtown Miami ... but just a little bit bigger.

"I started to chat with my wife and I said it would be a wonderful idea as a sign of gratitude for many of us who weren't born in this country to do it in Miami," Fernandez, a GOP donor and former chief fundraiser for Rick Scott, told the paper. "Except maybe we can do it a little bigger in Miami."

To criticize the idea is to risk coming off unpatriotic. Who doesn't love the American flag? Betsy Ross did a really bang-up job on that design, truly.

Yet, when we think of giant American flags, we don't think so much American pride, but, well, car dealerships.

Not to mention the fact that Acuity's attempt to build their giant flag has resulted in numerous problems. The flagpole once toppled, and has had to be rebuilt numerous times, and that one is sitting in Wisconsin. Not right off Biscayne Bay in a particularly hurricane-prone area.

Besides, Miami already has a landmark representing Cuba's immigration and contribution to Miami: the Freedom Tower.

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hellno_tothepole
hellno_tothepole

I work for a company he chairs.  It would be nice if he were to spend this money on I don't know, employee raises, bonuses, or even a new building where people don't have to be 12 to a room. For God sakes, they ration out staples (2 rows given).  If you want to be a proud American and you want to be thankful for what this country has given you, spend some money on your employees.  As for the flag pole, build it on your own front yard!

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Reza Afsari
Reza Afsari

Since when Miami is or was part of America. Bring your passport when you come here and a Spanish dictionary too. In case you wondering they only take US dollars. No pesos as they should.

Marian Boggs
Marian Boggs

No !!! ruins the skyline - love the flag but not there -tacky !!!

Emmett Conrecode
Emmett Conrecode

I think on a clear day you could see that from Cuba. Maybe that's the hole idea ;-)

Manuel Casas
Manuel Casas

Why no? Miami is an American City, and the American Flag will look nice in Downtown. Remember, Miami is not Latin America City, it looks like but it is not. Hispanic Americans should be proud to be Americans.

Dora Modi-Young
Dora Modi-Young

Personally I think it would help remind people where we live...

Grace Fernandez
Grace Fernandez

Yes I love the idea enough with Hispanics displaying other flags other than our beautiful USA flag!!

Mary Cruz
Mary Cruz

Yes why not we thankful to our great country.

Connie Jordan
Connie Jordan

why not ? I for one am proud to be an American..we should fly our flag proudly...

Wes Wiseman
Wes Wiseman

I think the money could spent on much better thing's. Schools, transportation, shelters. The list could go on & on.

Yenci Rosario
Yenci Rosario

U tell em Shelby Lynn living in so cal now i still see Mexican flags. Y not American flags

fuckmiami
fuckmiami

i like to wipe my ass with U.S. flag after every one of my morning hershey squirt dumps. the u.s. flag is also quite affective for mud butt

Shelby Lynn
Shelby Lynn

My vote is yes!!! Mexico has them at every major port city into Mexico it's a little obnoxious but pridefully I personally love it!!! This is the USA we should be proud!!!

Gabriel Esteban
Gabriel Esteban

Fly the flag proudly and fuck all the pussy liberals and refs that are offended by it

Marvin Redondo
Marvin Redondo

Why what do you a Cuban flag no respect for our country . Fly the flag and F all the liberals

Kalo Escobar
Kalo Escobar

That's one of those things that would be nice to have but I'm sure we could spend the money on something productive.

Michael Theodore
Michael Theodore

Only if it blocks that tacky projection of a woman dancing.

Sean Peden
Sean Peden

Where are you living? Respect what you take for granted.

Gregory Williams
Gregory Williams

So don't even think about investing in reducing the cost of living in Miami to get homeless and ignorance off the street but when given the choice, billionaires would rather invest in placing a giant American flag in the heart of downtown i've seen it all (o.O)

Fabian Meyer
Fabian Meyer

Free visa to brazillians!!! To travel only to Miami, to buy lot of american clothes!! Greetings from southern Brazil! I love MIAMI so much...

Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas

I'm proud to be American but damn it's a bit much

Richard Kent
Richard Kent

Absolutely not. Billionaires should launch and fund endowments if they need something to do with their money.

Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

a 400 foot Dildo would be more appropriate

Yolie Rodriguez
Yolie Rodriguez

why not? It will instill patriotism and that is never a bad thing!

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