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UPDATED Several city, county politicians oppose historic designation of Miami Herald building

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."

And Barreiro, Edmonson and Penelas sent the preservation board letters last week also opposing the designation. (Penelas' letter is undated.)

"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.

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