Miami’s Downtown Development Authority thought about rolling out the welcome mat Friday for soccer star David Beckham.
But the agency’s board postponed — for now, at least — voting on a resolution supporting Beckham’s behind-the-scenes proposal to build a stadium on public PortMiami land for a potential Major League Soccer franchise.
Instead, the board limited itself to opposing any private development on the seaport’s Dodge Island that could compete with commercial or residential projects on the mainland. A stadium sounded much more palatable to the agency, said its chairman, Marc Sarnoff.
Sarnoff,a city commissioner, said he has met with Beckham and likes the plan. But no one else on the board has seen it.
In fact, neither Beckham nor his investors have made any public statements or presented any plans outside of closed-door meetings with select politicians.
Miami-Dade County commissioners will take a vote Tuesday to allow Mayor Carlos Gimenez to begin stadium talks in earnest.
“The public deserves to see it,” Sarnoff said of the plan.
“I think Beckham is doing himself a real disservice” by not yet making a public pitch for the much talked about project, he added.
“They should de-mystify it,” he said. “Tell us why it’s a great idea. Tell us that you’re not going to ever ask for public [money].”