County Commissioner Suarez against stadium plan
Suarez does want soccer in Miami and feels that Miami is a world-class city and he says he admires the fact that David Beckham and his group only prefer Miami for their stadium since it is such a great and world class place. I see it as Miami being the only city in the US that is foolish enough to hand over millions of dollars worth of land by starstruck officials. I'm sure Beckham and his buddies knew this from the start. Imagine them trying this in other major cities.
David Beckham's wife Victoria already has declared that she would never live in Miami, so David probably won't be paling around the city on a full time basis. He did try sucking up to the crowd at the Little Havana Gallery Walk the other night, perhaps he was eyeing the former Orange Bowl site or Marlins Stadium.
From Commissioner Suarez: "From day one, I have tried my hardest to make each site that is proposed work for the citizens of my county. I struggled to understand the logic of a stadium in the port; when that idea was voted down by the county commission, I struggled to understand the logic of a waterfront venue, even if it meant going back on two decades of planning in which Miami officials, following my own legacy (1985-93) endeavored to keep the FEC Slip as open space, with waterfront access for all Miamians."
Regarding the space, after all the time, money and planning, Museum Park is going to be opened next week. Should it now be torn apart for a soccer stadium?
More from Suarez: "After discussions with Miami officials (past and present), residents of the area and a host of planners and activists, I have concluded that the FEC slip is not a desirable site for the stadium. As a venue for sports or entertainment, it adds nothing to the existing AAA arena - except another concrete wall that visually separates pedestrians and motorists from the waterfront. I also worry about parking and the kinds of traffic nightmares that would have to be endured by the burgeoning downtown community of residents, already numbering in the range of 15,000."
Suarez does go on to say that annoying the neighbors and affected businesses in the area, who are against the soccer stadium, is not a good way to start the project. Commissioner Suarez suggests the former Orange Bowl site, near Marlins Stadium as a suitable place for the soccer stadium. He says, "It has substantial parking; access from four corners; nearness to rapid transit. Most importantly it is a site that can accommodate other uses, without doing harm to the residential community. A stadium that can accommodate up to 40,000 people can be used for Hurricane football. It can also be a venue for open-air concerts and, in conjunction with the Marlins Stadium, for international competition, requiring more than one facility to be in use simultaneously."
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