Miami-Dade commissioners: Not so fast, Beckham, on port stadium

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.

One comment on “Miami-Dade commissioners: Not so fast, Beckham, on port stadium

  1. As you read through the Herald article, it becomes even more complicated. Seems the port itself has borrowed significantly, and will be borrowing more to accommodate larger ships that can come through the Panama Canal.

    Current traffic in the port isn’t repaying the debt (quickly enough, anyway), and so they are looking for new revenue streams to help. The idea of building a stadium, it seems, is one way they hope to generate revenue (riiiight).

    And then there were two other “pesky issues” that are in the article – one is the move of the fuel depot; they are considering asking the Beckham group to pay for it. And, there’s still a problem of where they would park any cars that bring people to a game; there’s no room for it in the planned design, and with some leases to the cruise ships, they likely won’t have any more land.

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