Miami commissioners deciding soccer stadium site ballot issue

Courtesy of Arquitectonica
Courtesy of Arquitectonica

MIAMI – City commissioners are scheduled to vote Thursday afternoon on the first step toward a land lease with soccer star David Beckham's Miami team to build a Major League Soccer stadium, business park and entertainment complex on city-owned Melreese Country Club golf course.

They are voting on whether or not to put a ballot question to voters in November to allow commissioners to go forward with a no-bid negotiation.

Beckham and top business partner Jorge Mas will be pitching their plans for a stadium. They want to ask the commission to let the voters have the final say in November.

Along with the stadium, they want to build a massive technology park, underground parking, public soccer fields, hotel rooms, retail stores and much more. 

The Beckham group claims the finished complex will produce about $44 million in tax revenue. 

But the proposal has its opponents.

Petitions are circulating to save the course and its athletic programs for children.

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