Former Miami mayor Manny Diaz issued a statement Tuesday slamming Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's proposal to fill-in a massive slip in downtown Miami for a soccer stadium. Joined by former Miami commissioners Johnny Winton, Joe Sanchez and Angel Gonzalez, Diaz compared the plan to the Marlins' failed effort to bring a baseball park to nearby Bicentennial Park.
Diaz is known as a behind-the-scenes advocate for putting a soccer stadium next to the Marlins' actual stadium in Little Havana, and he helped champion the unpopular tax-funded deal that built the ballpark. This is is his first formal public statement on the ongoing soccer debate.
Read the statement after the jump.