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David Beckham's proposed MLS stadium in Miami could go to voters

@PatriciaMazzei

The longer David Beckham and his investors spend scouting publicly owned sites for a potential Major League Soccer stadium in Miami, the more it looks like the group will have to go to at least some voters for eventual approval.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said the city will require a referendum if Beckham’s group settles on filling and then building on a city-owned deep-water basin, known as the Florida East Coast Railway slip, along Biscayne Boulevard.

And, in a new wrinkle, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Wednesday that the county could also seek voter approval if Miami Beckham United asks to build on PortMiami’s southwest corner — even though no such referendum would be required for the county-owned property.

“I know that there are a lot of commissioners that would like that,” Gimenez told the Miami Herald. “I think that, at the end, the people’s voice should be heard.”

A ballot question would push back the deadline set by Beckham’s group, which had hoped to have a stadium plan in place this summer to present to MLS. The earliest a referendum would take place is in August, with November a more likely possibility, Gimenez and Regalado said.

Despite the delay, Beckham’s group — perhaps resigned to South Florida’s prickly stadium politics — appears warm to the referendum idea.

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ed jenkins

The citizens have already made it know that they want no more stadiums built with funds confiscated from them to benefit owners of sports teams just as they do not want to fund the property plant and equipment of any other business for business owner benefit. They are thankful that their opinion will be asked for in a vote but do not know why this is necessary when they have already voiced their opinion.

They recommend that this soccer team owner use any already built stadiums such as local high school stadiums that should hold more than enough fans for a sport that this country has no interest in. This team owner is welcome as are all businesses but should be warned that this country bored with the primitive game of soccer has invented more advanced sports such as football to hold its attention.

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