Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Powerful Player: Stephen Bittel of Miami Beach. By Geniusofdespair
Stephen Bittel is one of those really powerful people in Miami Dade County who keeps a low visibility; He is a commercial real estate maven and owns Terranova Corporation. According to Politico Florida, he has a "$1 billlion dollar portfolio full of retail and office buildings". His own office is in an unassuming building on Miami Beach which is nicknamed "The Fortress of Democracy" by Democratic consultants who use offices there.
Bittel can give money in a flash. If it suits him. He likes to highlight his influence: "The County Commissioners come to me when I call, I don't go to them." But his sphere of influence is not really local. He gives plenty to Democrats and their causes.
Unlike fellow billionaire Norman Braman who spent millions on the failed presidential bid of presidential candidate Marco Rubio, Bittel keeps a low public profile. Power brokers come to him.