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Mayor's ballpark negotiator resigns

Yorty A top aide to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who has been the county's point man on negotiations over a new ballpark for the Florida Marlins, is heading to the private sector.

Ian Yorty, a former assistant county manager and tax collector, is becoming head of business development for a tax-collection and billing program owned by Grant Street Group.

"It would have been impossible for us to find a more qualified or respected professional to join our team in this capacity," said Myles Harrington, president of Pittsburgh-based Grant Street Group, in a news release.

Yorty could not immediately be reached on Monday. He has overseen ongoing discussion of building a new ballpark in or around downtown Miami, a project Alvarez highlighted in February's State of the County speech by saying: "We need to close this deal and make a permanent place in Miami-Dade County for the Florida Marlins."

Earlier this year, Alvarez reassigned him to run the Office of Capital Improvements - but took pains to emphasize the move was not a demotion "in any way, shape or form."