One-time buddies and not-so-friendly fellow bankers Sergio Pino and Rodney Barreto sure aren’t friendly any more. Barreto is backing the Miami Dolphins (endangered) bid to get tax money to build a new stadium and Pino thinks it’s a bad deal for taxpayers.
It erupted into an email battle Thursday when Pino sent out a copy of a Miami Herald anti-stadium-deal letter to the editor. Barreto fired back. A few Miami-Dade insiders were cc’d and sat back in their (stadium?) seats.
One interesting revelation: The Dolphins owners apparently are in talks to buy U.S. Century Bank.
The team that wants taxpayer money is about to buy a bank – a place that stores money and makes loans.
“The potential buyers of US Century Bank own the Dolphins. Bravo on a boneheaded move to send this out countywide. I hope it doesn't jeopardizes [sic] our potential bank deal,” wrote Barreto, who confirmed the email exchange but declined comment.
Pino shot back at Barreto, calling him “the lobbyist.”
Here’s the exchange (oldest to newest, with Pino’s emails in italics):