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Mike Fernandez sends warning: 'arrogant' legislators who support Miami casino expansion 'will not be ignored'

Mike Fernandez@MaryEllenKlas

In an email drafted from his I-phone, Miami health care company founder Mike Fernandez sent a strongly-worded letter to Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Felix Diaz Wednesday night blasting their decision to "dump casino expansion efforts on the South Florida community." He loaded it with a warning.

"The arrogance of those in public office and who set their priorities ahead of the needs and desires of their constituents, will not be ignored,'' he wrote. "Be assured that the efforts to be led by South Florida's leading social and business leaders will make their weight be felt.'' 

Fernandez, chairman of MBF Partners, a health care company that has run state medical managed care contracts, is one of the most prolific Republican donors in the state. He cited this Miami Herald story and added his voice to that of Armando Codina, the Miami developer and community leader who told the Miami Herald in an interview on Tuesday that the decision by House and Senate gambling negotiators to back a Miami casino was short-sighted. 

"They are voting for something without any understanding of the impact and without any idea of where the money is going to go. It's a crime being perpetrated on the City of Miami."

Fernandez noted contradictions too.

"Once again it is cynical to see those elected officials who proclaim their devotion to faith based initiatives, contradict themselves when simultaneously supporting the expansion of programs that erode the God-like values which are the foundation of our Nation and State,'' he wrote. 

 

Here is the full letter he shared with the Miami Herald: 

To Senator Bill Galvano and Representative Jose Diaz,

 I and others are very disappointed with your position to advance and dump the casino expansion efforts on the South Florida community.

Once again it is cynical to see those elected officials who proclaim their devotion to faith based initiatives, contradict themselves when simultaneously supporting the expansion of programs that erode the God-like values which are the foundation of our Nation and State.

The arrogance of those in public office and who set their priorities ahead of the needs and desires of their constituents, will not be ignored.

Be assured that the efforts to be led by South Florida's leading social and business leaders will make their weight be felt. You can not underestimate our resolve, as this has less to do with us than our defense of the future of our children and those generations to come. This attack to the social fiber of a community who has spent decades creating a progressive environment which has delivered technological and financial advancement, as well as fosters the existence of the largest concentration of multinational business headquarters, is insulting to the 3 million people of South Florida.

While Tallahasse's South Florida delegation plays the " it was not me" or "we tried but we were in the minority" game, be assured that this time, those involved will be called to task. The rules of politics are simple, one can't get ahead within each of the political Parties unless the they succumb to the Party's leadership. We all know who the leadership is. We also know who the lower stature " representatives" of the people are, and how they lacked the backbone to stand for the principles they preached while soliciting our support at election time.
If gaming in South Florida passes, without a Referendum and the approval of the affected residents...the wrath of the community you will feel.

Michael "Mike" B. Fernandez
Chairman
MBF Healthcare Partners

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