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Beckham & Mas Admit They Are Considering Taxpayer Funding For Park Cleanup

Beckham & Mas Admit They Are Considering Taxpayer Funding For Park Cleanup

David Beckham and Jorge Mas are agreeing to concessions, ahead of a key commission meeting tomorrow on their $1b project.

Mas told the Herald yesterday that he would seek state and federal funding for cleanup of toxic waste known to be buried at the park site, instead of city funding. He implied that he has set aside some funding for cleanup, but doesn’t yet know the cost (Mas said last week it could cost over $100 million.)

Other concessions made by Mas:

  • Will pay 1 percent of gross proceeds to the city if any of the buildings to be developed are sold
  • Will pay an unspecified percentage of revenue from operations, in addition to $3.5 million rent
  • Will hold community meetings with neighbors of the park for the first time

Still unknown is where the developers will replace up to 73 acres of lost green space, as required by city law under a No Net Loss of Park Land policy. Mas is said to have been considering using the Underline for this purpose, something Commissioner Ken Russell said he would not accept.

Also unclear is who will fund cost of building the 3,750 space parking garages and surface lots. For the Marlins, the city issued around $100 million in bonds for garages with 5,700 spaces.

Cost responsibility for other infrastructure, including roadways in and around the park, also has yet to be clarified.

Mas is pressuring the city to act fast, claiming he is required by MLS to begin construction by October 2019 or the city could lose the franchise – reminiscent of the Marlins claims they would move to San Antonio in 2009.

In contrast to Mas, Beckham assured fans at a rally last week that he would be bringing a team to Miami “no matter what.”

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Vote no!! Still believe overtown is the best option…

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wonder why the Beckham Group never considered the truck depot near Jackson Memorial Hospital option?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Could be a backup site.

marc
marc

Where’s the truck depot?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s a city owned 20-23 acre truck depot that I think is somewhere around N.W. 12th Ave and 20th St.

marc
marc

Ok Thanks. Is it the Miami General Services Administration? It’s next to Santa Clara Metro Rail Station.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Can’t really pinpoint the location marc, but I believe the Santa Clara Metro Rail Station is reported to be nearby.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I do prefer the Overtown location as well, however I am concerned if by voting No we will lose our chance to get an MLS Franchise. So as a true soccer fan, I am voting yes.

Suomynona
Suomynona

I want MLS, too. And I’m still voting NO!

It’s possible to both have MLS and have Beckham/Mas do it the right way.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I believe Beckham and Mas synergy will evaporate if the Melreese deal falls through. I with you, I’d prefer Miami get its share of soccer and all its worldwide reverberation will pay off itself

Suomynona
Suomynona

There’s not going to be “worldwide reverberation”. An MLS team isn’t a “gamechanger”.

It’s a fun hobby for local residents. That’s about it. It’s unlikely to even bring any substantial new tax base into the community.

Gene
Gene

Correcto!!

Suomynona
Suomynona

Haha. This project is dead. Even if they get County approval for a November vote, the mere fact they’ve admitted the use of taxpayer funding to cleanup the park after promising for YEARS to be 100% privately funded should kill this.

P*ss off, Beckham/Mas.

Your future home in Overtown awaits.

Suomynona
Suomynona

City* approval

“taxpayer funding” + shady, backroom deals for publicly owned land = dead in the water

Anonymous
Anonymous

Once these “businessmen” get their hands on public land, you can forget about any promises they’ve made….the City will be on the hook for the next 50 years, using our tax dollars to support private profit.

Gene
Gene

Don’t let them do this to us, Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

These guys are going to take all of us for a ride to the bank to empty out the city’s bank account!! WHAT A JOKE!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

” To Seek Taxpayer Funding ” Buhahahahah!!! I’m dead.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh NoOoOoOOoOoOoOOoOoooooooooooooO. this is the worst deal, maybe in history!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you Mr. Perez, dooly noted!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The city losing the franchise is a lie. They definitely have a backup plan which will be announced 1 week after tomorrow if commissioners reject putting this on the ballot.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Might end up on the Herald site.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It couldn’t, because it would cost too much for that piece of land.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They could partner with Genting and both make money. Genting aren’t getting their gambling anytime soon.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Genting Group makes enough money to wait it out.

Polo
Polo

That will be a perfect place, but Genting is not selling.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“A back up plan” ??
The back up plan was the lot next to the AAA Arena.
Then the one next to the Marlins
Then Overtown
And then the Airport.
SMH

Anonymous
Anonymous

Another option that was floated around is the city owned truck depot land near Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Suomynona
Suomynona

They actually own the land in Overtown. That is a very realistic option.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Norman Braman rubbing his hands right now about to get Francis Suarez out of office if this goes through.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Let’s face it, Francis Suarez got himself elected with the famous name, the cute face, and a blank slate of a resume. Now we will get to see what he’s really made of.

Gene
Gene

The new Dynasty that we don’t want.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Norman Brahman is a joke. Anyone who funds Marco Rubio should be ignored!

Anonymous
Anonymous

So they should fund far leftist to be pro-crime, anti-gun and pro-debt.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Funny how you righties claim to be so “pro-law enforcement” but you’re ready to whip out pitchforks and torches on Mueller.

Alex Candee
Alex Candee

I like Mas, especially as a UM alum… but using the underline as the park space? Come on. I know land is tight in Miami, but grab parcels here and there in the actual city at the very least.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Overtown site is a viable alternative that will likely be pursued.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Act Fast! Limited-time offer! If you call within the next 10 minutes, you’ll receive an office park free! Don’t lose this AMAZING opportunity! lol what hucksters

Polo
Polo

VOTE NO! THIS WHOLE THING SMELL LIKE A SCAM!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Of course he does.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I notice none of the pro-Beckham/Mas-at-Melreese people are here today. Looks like them admitting to taxpayer funding has taken the wind out of their sails.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

This was published exactly one year ago on the Biscayne Times paper.

City Finds Itself in Conflict with Itself

MIAMI CAN’T “CO-APPLY” WITH LEGION PARK DEVELOPERS TO SIDESTEP ITS OWN ZONING REGS

Commissioner Francis Suarez, a candidate for Miami city mayor, has stated that apprehension from residents over mega-projects is why he proposed the SAP ordinance in the first place. At the very least, Suarez reasoned at a May 25 commission meeting, the city should avoid being co-applicants of the very projects that municipal planning staffers must judge.

“I think there’s a conflict problem with us scrutinizing application, and I think there’s a secondary problem, which is people using our land to fulfill a nine-acre requirement to get a SAP,” Suarez said.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is this place a “toxic waste site” or is it a “park?”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Depends on the specific question. And astrological signs. Or something.

marc
marc

It’s toxic a few feet underground. It’s been capped to be safe. Once you dig to build you’re dealing with toxic materials.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I bet many people who are against this proposal didn’t know that this site was once a toxic waste dump site.

marc
marc

Probably. A lot of the parks in Miami are former toxic waste dumps.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The parks are often used as storage space after hurricanes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Village of Merrick Park was built on an old Gables dump site. Miami has a history of using waste and dump sites as public space and parks.

Golf Course
Golf Course

It is a taxpayers owned site zoned Civic Space i.e. park and its is used by an 18 hole golf course.

Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate
Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate

As long as toxic waste is not disturbed it is fine to use it as parkland. Read my 16 points below as I suggest leaving 9 holes of golf cutting clean up by 50%. Steve Hagen. Stevenmia@aol.com

aceraroja
aceraroja

Well of course. A Mas never made a dime they didn’t connive from a government coffee.

aceraroja
aceraroja

Hah *coffer. The coffee is for the backslapping meetings to apportion tax money into their pockets.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hah, you meant to say “appropriate.”

aceraroja
aceraroja

No I meant apportion, a word often used to describe the distribution of tax monies.

aceraroja
aceraroja

How many stadiums will this make? 5? Minus the ghost of the Miami Arena, which also did jack shit for downtown except accelerate the bulldozing of historic buildings for parking lots.

It is a No Bid Contract
It is a No Bid Contract

No Bid Contract. Hotel. Offices. Mall. It is a No-Bid contract.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Voters will decide this November.

Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate
Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate

As a well informed green park advocate in Miami since 1996, I have presented Mayor Suarez and Commissioners a list of 16 points they need to meet in order to mak this project acceptable. If these points can be met in addition to the financial concern, Miami residents city wide may have good reasons to vote for this proposal.

These 16 points can be viewed on Facebook at a group named More Parks for MiMi NOW. Steve Hagen. 305 754 0099. Stevenmia@aol.com

Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate
Steve Hagen, Green Park Advocate

Correction: Go to More Parks for Miami NOW on Facebook.

Steve Hagen
Steve Hagen

Will see if this document will post. Dear Miami Residents who are very concerned about and don’t understand what may happen with about 123 acres of parkland owned by Miami residents, known as MELREESE GOLF COURSE. YOU MAY ALSO SIGN THE PETITION found at More Parks for Miami NOW also on Facebook. Over 400 SIGNERS TO date. I encourage you to share this post. You may have received this already via email. If so, look at this copy as there are changes. I hope you have been paying attention to the proposal before the Miami City Commission to eliminate the City owned Melreese Golf Course / Country Club near the airport in exchange for a soccer complex and huge hybrid office / entertainment / shopping complex. Below is an email I sent to Miami Mayor Suarez and Commissioners. I hope you will agree with many of my 16 points. I urge you to give your thoughts to the Mayor and Commissioners ASAP . (just copy their email addresses below) If you send via email, I would appreciate being blind copied if you so choose. stevenmia@aol.com As most, I am not fully informed about the details of the proposed development but… Read more »

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Gross Proceeds = same vague terminology that Jeff Loris used to screw Miami over when he sold the Marlins. They need to use the top like number for total fiscal consideration. If lawyers mess this up again or bend over, I will have lost all hope in humanity.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Jeff Loria (even Siri hates the guy)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Beckham , this swamp doesn’t deserve you. You can do better!!San Antonio would be perfect!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Saying Miami doesn’t deserve David Beckham, who for the first time is trying his hand at owning a soccer team and building a stadium, is like saying NYC is undeserving of a guy who once owned a McDonald franchise and is now looking to a build fifty story skyscraper on public land.

Put your pompoms away dude.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe Beckman needs to realize Miami has been fucked many many times by the Mas family.