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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FEC slip is now "off the table"

The slip will remain a slip.
According to NBC6, it looks like David Beckham and his flim-flam group will have to go elsewhere to find land for their proposed soccer stadium. Late this afternoon, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado took the FEC slip off the table. The Beckham Group originally wanted to build the stadium at PortMiami, then when it was suggested that Museum Park could be expanded by adding acres of land by filling in a large boat slip, that was presumed to be the plan. Channel 6 got the story from blogger Al Crespo who broke the story at about 3:20 pm.
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was the one who originally came up with the idea of filling in the huge slip (both the city and the county had part of the land that made up the whole parcel if the slip was filled in), but today Miami Mayor Reglado and the City Manager Daniel Alfonso decided against the plan. It was originally felt that filling in the slip would make a large park downtown, adding to the green space.  Although recent Miami Herald polls showed a 50-50 split by voters who were for or against the slip being filled in, most of those against it were older people who actually vote. Younger people were all for filling in the slip, but they don't vote. So the whole thing probably would not have happened anyway.

Guess the old Orange Bowl land in Little Havana is looking good about now. No waterfront views for Beckham. For once Miami and Miami-Dade County may have actually done the right thing, they didn't sell out the taxpayers on a whim. 

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very proud/happy to be part of the "older group" against this idea and indeed I never miss a vote.

June 10, 2014 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Charles Corda said...

Gee Whiz its nice not having to fight against our elected officials for a change..
Now ...if the Miami City Commission will remove the August 26 Ballot item that rescinds the public's right to vote on matters concerning submerged lands it would surely show that the Mayor and Commissioners of Miami are not some morally corrupt gang of rogue politicians as many assume, but politicians who understand that they work for and represent the best interests and desires of the citizens of Miami. Praise the Lord our voices have been heard....for once.

June 10, 2014 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any bets whether the slip and adjacent lots will still be a cesspool and sandlot in 10 years?

June 10, 2014 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God my view of Government Cut, Watson's Island, Dodge Island, docks, gantries, cranes, and container ships won't get spoiled by a stadium.

That would have really ruined the natural beauty of the bay.

June 10, 2014 9:14 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

No stadium there, but what's wrong with "filling the slip" anyway if it adds a waterfront green area?

June 11, 2014 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Build it on the old Orange Bowl site where Marlins Stadium currently stands? There isn't room there, unless more of the surrounding buildings are razed.

June 11, 2014 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just build a shared Soccer/Miami Hurricanes stadium in Tropical Park already, like it should have been planned from the beginning - easy location traffic wise, plenty of underutilized land. The end.

June 11, 2014 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Any bets whether the slip and adjacent lots will still be a cesspool and sandlot in 10 years?

June 10, 2014 8:13 PM

I'll gladly take that bet...

In case you are not aware of what's coming to the area...

http://www.allaboardflorida.com/facts/miami-station.html

http://brickellcitycentreconnect.com/


DKF

June 11, 2014 2:09 PM  

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