The mayors of 11 Miami-Dade County cities have signed on to a letter in opposition to David Beckham's proposal to put a Major League Soccer stadium on waterfront seaport property, according to the leading detractor to the plan.
The Miami Seaport Alliance has asked elected mayors and vice mayors to add their names to the list of critics who say a PortMiami stadium would risk jobs, security and cruise and cargo operations. Among those who have said yes, the alliance says, are the mayors of Homestead, Coral Gables and North Miami Beach.
"We believe united, we can help quash this terrible idea of a stadium at PortMiami, a maritime industrial port and a major economic driver of our community," Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall wrote in a letter to the mayors on behalf of the Seaport Alliance.
MacDougall, who is running for Congress as a Republican in South Miami-Dade, carried out a similar effort last year against the Miami Dolphins' short-lived push for a stadium renovation partly funded by tax dollars.
Unlike with the Dolphins, the debate over soccer doesn't center on local dollars. Beckham's group is seeking a state subsidy but says it will pay for stadium construction privately.