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Johnson keeps Port Miami clear of soccer debate


Bill Johnson, the port director with a key role in Miami's soccer debate, played it pretty safe Wednesday in his big State of the Port address. He didn't have nice things to say about bringing a soccer stadium to Port Miami, but he didn't have bad things to say, either.

From Wednesday's Herald story...

Miami-Dade’s port director kept a respectful distance from the soccer debate Wednesday, saying his staff would help “properly vet” a proposal to bring a professional soccer stadium to the world’s busiest cruiseship center.

Bill Johnson, arguably the most high-profile of Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s department heads, emerged from his annual State of the Port address without having inserted himself into the middle of the debate over whether to let David Beckham build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium at the county-owned port.

“We at Port Miami are committed to working with Major League Soccer... to ensure we are doing the right thing to properly vet this proposal,” he said. “To be sure we do the right thing for Miami-Dade County and PortMiami.”


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