April 10, 2020

Unfinished Business

Former Florida Democratic star Alex Penelas makes a comeback

Amy Martinez | 3/25/2020

Once a golden boy in Florida politics who had fallen out of favor with the Democratic Party, Alex Penelas left the public eye to make a fortune in real estate. Now — 16 years later — motivated by a ‘transit mess’ and what he says are broken promises to voters, he wants his old job back.

“The best thing that ever happened to me was losing that election,” he says. “I was burned out. I was ready for a break, and my family really needed me at home.”

This story also features expert opinions, business briefs and people in the news: Elian Gonzalez; Dave Lawrence; Children’s Movement of Florida; Buddy Nevins; Betty Castor; Mel Martinez; Javier Alberto Soto; Mike Fernandez

 

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