Marine Stadium mess
|The dead plan|
I've always been pro-Miami Marine Stadium, always felt that the structure should be returned to it's former glory, but it appears now that there are some shady dealings involved with some of the people involved the renovation of the structure.
I wondered why it would take $121 to repair the place, but it seems that the once simple stadium was planned to be a huge marine complex with a 125,00 square foot Expo center and dry dock storage for 280 boats, and things like that. Didn't we just destroy an Expo center that was about that size and being used as a movie studio? Wasn't the reason that it was a big box blocking the waterfront? How would this new Expo center on the waterfront at the Marine Stadium be any different, other than lining pockets of those involved?
Why can't the Marine Stadium be just a stadium? Nothing can ever just be a simple thing -- you know, just be what it's supposed to be, just like referendum elections, other things have to be tacked onto the main thing, i.e. that big SkyMall or whatever it's called planned for downtown.
It seems that some of the partners involved with the Marine Stadium are scammers and they were involved with the City and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium deal. They made such a big show last week that involved Gloria Estefan coming to the stadium on a fancy yacht to announce the grand plans which included having the Miami Boat Show as the first event at the stadium.
The City Commission did something great on Thursday, by killing the whole thing. It's supposed to be back on the table, with a new plan, on January 8, but hard as it is to believe, the Commission saw something shady with the deal. When it's too shady for the City Commission, that's really something to be concerned about. If only they saw something wrong with the Glass House and the Grove Harbour and all the condos and the non-needed street infrastructure work and other shady stuff happening around Coconut Grove.
Friends of Marine Stadium really don't have any money to do the job and someone is going to have to come in with deep pockets, but that's when the corruption starts. That's why it becomes about expo centers and boat storage and hotels and whatever else they can scam in there. That's when it becomes about everything else other than the actual Miami Marine Stadium.
Another 20 year wait for something to be done? Maybe.
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