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North Miami to reconsider stadium-rental policy after mayor's soccer club played for free

Two days after it was revealed that North Miami’s mayor and a group of his friends were getting free use of the city’s stadium, the city says it may make the same deal available to most everyone else.

Since 2010, the city has had a policy of waiving the fees for city parks only for non-profit groups and only once a year. But The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Mayor Andre Pierre used the North Miami Athletic Stadium free 78 times since 2009, while the North Miami Taxpayers Soccer Club, of which Pierre is a member, used it free 29 times since August.

The city normally charges $250 per 90 minutes for use of the stadium.

On Wednesday, city manager Stephen Johnson said the city should not have charged anyone except organizations who charge admission or generate revenue at the stadium or want to exclude the public for a period of time.

He said he hopes the city will change its policy to reflect that view. More from Nadege Green here.


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