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Hillary Clinton's Miami landlord? Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine



Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was the only one to publicly crack a joke Saturday about the limited air conditioning at Hillary Clinton's new Wynwood office. Men sweated through their long-sleeved shirts. Women pulled old-fashioned abanicos out of their handbags. Staff handed out bottles of water.

"Does anybody want me to turn the A/C down?" Levine said shortly after stepping behind a lectern at the opening of Clinton's South Florida headquarters.

He wasn't joking: Levine actually owns the building.

Miami-Dade County property records show the 8,318-square-foot warehouse at 2215 NW 1 Pl. belongs to Baron Wynwood, a corporation registered in Levine's name. He's a Clinton friend, surrogate and rumored candidate for Florida governor in 2018.

The heat "drove me crazy," Levine told the Miami Herald in a text message following Clinton's event. "2 new massive units being installed next week!!! I want it like a refrigerator."

No word on how much the mayor is charging the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate for rent.

[Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2016 9:11am]


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