David Beckham’s latest Miami stadium plan is, shockingly, already not off to a good start: The five-member city of Miami commission voted yesterday to put off a vote on approving a land lease for Beckham’s stadium, with two members (Willy Gort and Manolo Reyes) outright opposed and a third, Ken Russell, worried about wages on the stadium project and cleanup costs, according to WPLG-TV. And even if the commission eventually approves it, that just allows a public vote in November, and after the Marlins stadium fiasco anything with “stadium” in it automatically gets half of south Florida reflexively hating it.
So what’s that about cleanup costs, anyway? What, did Beckham and his partners manage to find a plot of land that’s a toxic waste dump or something oh my god:
Virtually everyone seems to have missed a huge problem with the site: Melreese sits atop a giant pile of toxic waste.
A New Times review of more than a decade of tests at Melreese by the county’s Department of Environmental Resources Management and interviews with DERM officials as well as environmentalists make it clear that any developer building on the golf course would have to undertake a massive cleanup that could add millions in costs and lengthy delays…
“The cost to clean this up is going to be astronomical,” says David Villano, a journalist and activist who has written extensively for New Times about the toxicincineratorashunder Miami parks. “Before they put this decision to voters, and before the city commission considers leasing that property, the conversation about incinerator ash needs to be front and center. This is a toxic landfill.”
Beckham, keep on Beckhaming.