Four current and former Miami-Dade and Miami politicians weighed in last week in the lead up to Monday's vote on whether the Miami Herald's building should be designated historic.
The officials -- Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Commissioners Bruno Barreiro and Audrey Edmonson, and former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas -- don't have a say in the matter. Even if Monday's decision by Miami's historic preservation board gets appealed, that appeal heads to the city commission, where neither Regalado nor any county politician has a vote.
But Regalado nevertheless told WSVN-FOX 7 last week that "The Herald newspaper is historic, but the building is not. The building is not Vizcaya. The building is not the Freedom Tower. It's just a big box."
"Our vision for a new, vibrant downtown does not need an industrial building blocking access to Biscayne Bay," wrote Barreiro, whose district begins south of the Herald building.
UPDATE: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez also opposed the designation last week, telling WLTV-Univisión 23 that while events inside the building may have been historic, "The building -- the building -- to me is not historic." (The clip does not appear to be available online.)
Genting, the Malaysian casino operator, purchased the Herald property for $236 million last year with plans to build a massive resort.
The historic designation effort, supported in part by the Dade Heritage Trust, was bolstered last week by a report issued by the preservation office outlining the building's architectural merits. The report, however, did not make a recommendation to the board.
The Herald is moving next year to its new headquarters in Doral.