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Mayor Philip Levine on tech start-ups in Miami Beach: "dumbest idea"


Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine garnered headlines on Wednesday after saying that turning Miami Beach into a tech start-up hub is “the dumbest idea in the world.”

Levine was speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC. The Washington Post Wonkblog took notice, writing up a piece with the provocative headline: “Miami Beach mayor: Take your tech start-up gospel, and shove it”

"People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are,” the blog quoted Levine as saying.

Levine took to Twitter to respond. 

"Tech quote taken out of context. As an entrepreneur, I support all business startups. MB is a boutique tourism & conference destination," he tweeted. 

Read the Wonkblog post here.