Hey, remember Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who memorably declared that the Florida Marlins stadium agreement was “probably not the best deal that has ever been worked out between a community and a team, [but] at some point, negotiations have to stop”? He is now ex-Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, as he was bounced by a public recall vote on Tuesday.
It’s hard to see much connection between public outrage over Alvarez’s stadium boosterism and his ouster, frankly, though one particular stadium opponent played a large role: Former Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman, who filed multiple lawsuits in a fruitless attempt to block the Marlins stadium deal, bankrolled the campaign to dump the mayor. And the Marlins donated $50,000 to Alvarez to help fight the recall effort. So while it’s probably not accurate to say that Alvarez was recalled because of his support for the stadium (his raising of property taxes and angering of local Tea Partiers look to have been more important), you could say that his mayoralty was the first collateral damage of the bruising stadium fight.