It took me a day to unpack this Miami Herald article on MLS expansion franchise owner David Beckham’s plans for a waterfront stadium in Miami, which tells of how the Miami-Dade county commission rejected a proposal by PortMiami to relocate a fuel-spill facility that occupies a site Beckham wants to use for commercial redevelopment. At the same time, PortMiami, which runs Miami’s shipping port, wants to redevelop the site as commercial space, but isn’t so sure it wants to let Beckham have the land, since it would rather keep the income to shore up its own lagging shipping revenues.
The Herald’s Patricia Mazzei speculates in a blog post that Miami-Dade commissioners may just be angling to be courted harder on the project (so far Beckham has focused on lobbying Mayor Carlos Gimenez and taking selfies with the governor), so this could be just a step toward more heated negotiations. Or Beckham might have to look toward one of the other umpteen sites he’s been considering. It’s a good thing for Beckham that he’s not on a timetable yet for starting his franchise, because all signs are that this could take a while.