Greene, Graham Throw Mud On Each Other's Environmental Records

Aug 7, 2018

In this, Friday, May 26, 2017 photo, land is shown where developers are proposing American Dream Miami, a massive 200-acre project on the edge of the Everglades in bustling South Florida that would dwarf any other shopping mecca in North America. Miami-Dade County officials could vote this fall to approve it.
Credit Wilfredo Lee / AP Photo

Billionaire gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene is taking aim at one of his competitors over what he calls a “MegaMall” development planned in South Florida. Gwen Graham was quick in firing back.

The Greene and Graham teams are trading shots over American Dream Miami, billed as what will be the nation’s largest mall when built. The project comes with a $4 billion dollar price tag, and has drawn ire from environmentalists because it will pave over hundreds of acres of wetlands.

Greene is now casting doubt on Graham’s environmental track record. He says the mall is to be built on “Graham family land.” He’s referencing The Graham Companies, which Graham has confirmed owns the land, but is not the mall’s developer. Greene contrasts Graham with her father, who he says “did great things for the state.” But, he goes on to say, “Gwen Graham is no Bob Graham.”

Graham’s rebuttal comes in the form of a television ad. In it, she ties Greene to oil companies drilling off Florida’s shores and what she calls a “fracking giant.”