Miami city mayor Tomás Regalado, who is currently pushing for the Miami-Dade School Board to buy David Beckham’s planned soccer stadium to exempt it from property taxes — that’s the school board that includes as a member Regalado’s daughter Raquel, who just happens to be running for Miami-Dade county mayor — has touted the project as a boon to its surrounding neighborhood:
Thomas Regalado says if stadium is built, previously promised renaissance of Little Havana will come.
— Christina Veiga (@cveiga) October 22, 2015
That’s odd, and not just because Little Havana already got a whopping huge Marlins baseball stadium at massive public expense, to no notable renaissance effect. As Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times notes, as recently as two months ago Regalado was warning that a soccer stadium wouldn’t do squat for economic development:
He was elected, in part, because he opposed the putrid Marlins Park deal. And just this summer, he told the Herald he’d learned his lesson about promising economic dividends from stadium projects. “I don’t think we should promise economic development for the area if the soccer stadium is built,” Regalado said in August. “I don’t think that should be the sales pitch because it’s not a reality.”
You know, screw all this using time machines to cheat at sports gambling. If I had Doc Brown’s DeLorean, I’d use it to set up a debate between August 2015 Tomás Regalado and October 2015 Tomás Regalado. Sure, it might destroy the universe, but that would be a small price to pay for the entertainment value.