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When a Beach developer treated members of the Miami Preservation League to Pavarotti tickets, he hit a sour note

Fellow board member Victor Diaz says the controversy has prompted a discussion about whether the league ought to develop conflict-of-interest rules. "Although," he quickly adds, "I don't believe it's a conflict of interest to have a social relationship or personal relationship or personal contact with people who come before you in review."

Through a spokesman, Peres insists he was just trying to be a nice guy. "He wants to keep the South Beach denizens informed on what's happening with the project and appreciates their input," says Peter Heinz, a flack for Il Villaggio. "I know he very much wants to be a part of the fabric of South Beach and is doing everything he can to be a good citizen down here.

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