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Coral Gables' rich vs. super-rich in marina dispute, starring mega-Romney donor & Miami Heat prez

Here’s something to make the one percent boiling mad: Try putting a big warehouse for regular rich folks’ boats in their backyard.

And if that backyard also happens to be a much-loved, historic and ecologically sensitive park?

Sit back and watch the sparks fly.

A plan by Miami-Dade County and famed former Miami Dolphin Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc to erect an $18 million, five-story dry-stack building for 360 powerboats in Matheson Hammock Park’s marina has run into a veritable buzzsaw of opposition from its Coral Gables neighbors, including multi-millionaire HMO entrepreneur Miguel “Mike” Fernandez and his Gables Estates neighbor, Miami Heat President Pat Riley.

Fernandez — who paid $21 million for a house on a point of land overlooking the tranquil bayfront park and tore it down to build a massive mega-mansion — is bankrolling an opposition campaign that has the incensed Buonicontis, whose partnership won a competitive bid to build and manage the boathouse for the county, up against the ropes.

Fernandez, who was to host a Mitt Romney fundraiser at his manse this year, also gave $1 million to the pro-Romney PAC, Restore Our Future.

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/11/2636974/its-rich-vs-super-rich-in-boat.html#storylink=cpy


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