Miami mayor ‘open’ to Elon Musk’s underground tunnel proposal

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told FOX Business on Friday that he was “completely open” to a discussion with Tesla founder Elon Musk about bringing an underground tunnel to his city via The Boring Company.

Musk, now the world’s richest person with a net worth of $184 billion, tweeted that he spoke to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, R., about the idea earlier this month.

“If the governor and the mayor want this done, we will do it,” Musk wrote.

Suarez told “Varney & Co.” host Stuart Varney, having the governor and county mayors from another political party aligned with his vision “means that all the ingredients are in place to be able to have a very comprehensive conversation on this issue.”

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His comments come as dozens of people head to the Sunshine State to take advantage of economic incentives, including tax cuts.

During an interview with Brian Kilmeade of Fox News, Suarez said his town is booming.

“I think the fact that they pay excise taxes elsewhere, the fact that the cost of living is significantly higher, the fact that governments don’t want them there and blame them for all the societal issues in their city, and the fact that they’re basically completely restricted and can’t open up and there’s no quality of life. People are flocking to our city,” he said. he declared to Kilmeade.

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Suarez said building a tunnel could potentially help “solve the transportation problem” in addition to having a positive impact on the environment.

Miami-Dade already has an underground tunnel, but it’s only a mile long and costs $1 billion. Suarez believes Musk can use his project as a “very profitable” prototype for other cities and countries around the world.

“That’s…the beauty of the private sector…They can do things like that and be innovative and creative in how they structure things,” he said.

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According to The Boring Company website, tunnels cost between $100 million and $1 billion per mile to dig.

Last year, Musk’s company completed construction of a network of tunnels under Las Vegas.

Bonny J. Streater