Beckham Wants To Bulldoze Melreese Park For Soccer Stadium (Updated)

Miami’s largest park (and one of the few remaining green spaces in the area) could soon be paved over for a soccer complex.

David Beckham and his partner Jorge Mas are set to unveil plans to bulldoze green space at the publicly-owned International Links Melreese Country Club, in order to build an Arquitectonica-designed stadium, according to the Herald.

The proposal is likely to be revealed at a Miami commission meeting on July 12.

The 180-acre city-owned park is the only municipal golf course in all of Miami, and was built in 1961. It sits next to Miami International Airport, and was suggested as a stadium site by new Miami City Manager (and former MIA director) Emilio Gonzalez.

To sell the plan, Mas and Beckham will reveal Arquitectonica renderings of a “soccer village & tech hub,” according to a tweet from Mas. It will also likely include restaurants, retail, a soccer academy and redesign of remaining park space.

Why the switch from Overtown, where Beckham spent years acquiring land and developing plans for a stadium? Miami resident Mas, who only recently joined Beckham as a partner, is said to be concerned about the “neighborhood experience” in Overtown.

A referendum is required to build on the taxpayer-owned park land, with the Beckham group likely pushing for a Miami commission vote in July. It could then be sent to Miami voters in November.

Update: Mas told the Herald that he wants to build the complex on 70 acres of the park. Just 90 acres would remain as parkland, including an existing water park and baseball facility.

A hotel and convention space will be included in the project.

 

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marc

Calling a golf course/country club and 4 baseball fields a park is a bit disingenuous.

Anonymous

It certainly is easier to make the golf course and baseball fields into a large park than it is an unused stadium. The parking decks and the entire Marlins stadium is HARDLY used and it would be IMPOSSIBLE to convert all of that underused space into a park now. So, yes, calling this a “park” is accurate.

What it should be called is a massive give away to people who don’t need it. We should not be selling off public assets for private use so they can make millions more!

Gene

Absolutely spot on.

Anonymous

Its in benefit to the city, unlike the Marlins stadium which was all for private profit!
Yeah, it could easily be categorized as Beckham trying to capitalize on city land, but his intentions are far beyond that.
We have the 2026 World Cup Coming to the USA, and Miami should take that into consideration, or we will be left out.

Suomynona

This has nothing to do with the world cup. That will be played at Seminole hard rock stadium.

Marlins 2.0

This is Marlins Scam 2.0.

Anonymous

Ok, so I am writing this comment on a Sunday so that very few people will actually read it but this is what happened. My friends and I who love soccer and would love to get seasons tickets took the Orange Line Metro from Brickell to the Airport Station. Once we got there we headed towards Melreese Park. The only way to get there is to cross a bridge that goes over a creek. It was beyond hot and humid today and we were sweating like pigs by the time we got there even though it was only a few blocks away. If the Becks people get to read this, here is what we think would help fans go to your new stadium. 1. Create a shaded walk through from the station to the stadium over the creek so no one has to use that small bridge. 2. Make sure the stadium is built closest to the Metro and not all the way on the other side of the park. 3. Create an area with a lot of trees so that fans can tailgate before and after the games. Although my friends and I would have proffered the Overtown location,… Read more »

Anonymous

This is just really sad. Let’s recap, first Becks wanted to put his stadium on the Port, that did not happen because the cruise ships threw a hissy-fit. Then he wanted Downtown and of course the condo owners threw another fit. Then he went to Little Havana and a few of the homeowners would not sell so he went away. Then! He got land in Overtown and now it looks like that also has fallen through, probably because the neighbors across the project don’t want it and also because god forbid white people would have to walk 2 blocks from the Metro to the Stadium. So here we are looking at a lot that is next to the airport which means they can not build any tall building for their so called tech-hub and the noise pollution of airplanes landing will be every 5 minutes. What is wrong with Miami? Even Atlanta got it done with out all this drama. There will always be people who bitch about a stadium being built in their neighborhood. It is time to make this happen or just move the Becks team to Las Vegas where I am sure it will be up and… Read more »

Anonymous

God forbid you ignore that the Overtown residents were crying racism over the stadium and not sure why you say white people when the majority of hispanics are white in Miami-Dade county. And the stadium will be filled with white hispanics like yourself.

Anonymous

I am Asian, idiot!

Anonymous

White Hispanics? The only white Hispanics in South Florida,are from Spain and a few from Argentina.

Suomynona

What? A lot of the long time Cuban immigrants are white Hispanic, for starters.

According to the census, nearly one quarter of whites in Florida identify as white Hispanics. And it’s probably significantly higher than ~25% in the Miami area.

Anonymous

Yep, many of those cubans have European fathers that went to Cuba on “holiday”.

Anonymous

Lol!

aceraroja

“not sure why you say white people when the majority of hispanics are white in Miami-Dade county”

Yes…
…and so therefore “white people” remains a correct label for the racists who don’t want to walk two blocks of overtown. What’s the confusion? Or were you just desperate to mention you’re white on an anonymous comment thread as often as you probably do in real life to anyone who will listen?

Anonymous

Oh boy, can’t you read? This article clearly stated “Why the switch from Overtown, where Beckham spent years acquiring land and developing plans for a stadium? Miami resident Mas, who only recently joined Beckham as a partner, is said to be concerned about the “neighborhood experience” in Overtown.” Also, Beckham wanted the city to give him a really sweet deal that would’ve basically been almost free waterfront land in downtown Miami. And I think Las Vegas already has a soccer team. Plus, really, how would noise from an airplane bother a bunch of hollering fans at a soccer game?

I like this site, it’s underutilized, has a beautiful setting, it’s basically centralized, and plus Doral is nearby for anyone who wanna get their “tee time” on.

Anonymous

Those planes are loud – especially being that close. The other issue is traffic – no one is going to take the Dolphin expressway for 45 minutes to then spend 20 minutes parking. An urban feel stadium would’ve really been great for Miami, similar to AA Arena. When you start straying from the city to the suburubs it changes the feel

Anonymous

It’s funny how people like you say what “no one is going to” do regarding a soccer stadium, but, I don’t see any of you whining about any inconvenience these same poor suburban people put up with when they drive the same “Dolphin Expressway” to come the AAA Arena to watch the Heat play.

You don’t really care about soccer, what you really care about is convenience.

Anonymous

Exactly real soccer fans will travel wherever. Casual fans won’t which is why convenience matters. They need casual fans to make money. Personally, I’m not a soccer fan. I might go once in the 1st season and never again if it’s built next to the airport. I would go often if it’s in downtown or overgrown.

Anonymous

The noise wouldn’t bother the fans but would certainly bother people working in offices in the tech hub and hotel guest. but I’m sure they can sound proof the windows.

Anonymous

Tech village? The only tech company that would set up there would be Fulanito’s IPhone Repair.

Miami Hurricane

Especially with all the coworking space downtown and on the beach, makes it even harder for those who live without a car

marc

It’s about a block closer to a Metro Rail station than the Overtown spot along with Tri Rail and the buses.

Anonymous

Put down your pipe marc. I have taken the Metro to this park before it is at least 4 to 5 blocks away. Unless they build a dedicated path from the station to the Stadium it is a longer walk than the Overtown location.

marc

Well no crap they have to build a walkway.

Gene

No, MasTech

Mitchell Sklar

y qué pasó Menganito?

Anonymous

It’s not the best location… but it’s certainly not the worst. It’s near the Airport transit station which is served by Tri-Rail and Metrorail!

marc

While I prefer the stadium being built in Overtown anyone saying this location has no transit options doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Anonymous

There is no vision what so ever from the Mas brothers. You have The Warf, Casablanca, River Spice, and the new shopping center with an AMC being built right by the river this would have helped the area in the middle. Instead we will get an out of the way complex with airplane pollution every 5 minutes, what the hell!

Miami Hurricane

This is more towards last resorts than vision… they need ample land in an urban space and they were pushed out of the other options. The fill in space by Bayside was perfect as was the port.

Anonymous

I completely agree, when it was first announced I thought of the Padres Stadium in San Diego by the water. It would have been so nice, but alas it was not meant to be 🙁

William

This course is utilized by .0001% of the city of Miami residents and takes up 80% of the centrally located green space (excludes Virginia key). Any other use, especially one where mass transit is key – would be a good use.

I say, expand the existing park significantly, along with the new stadium (combined fashion to attract multi-uses of both). Cover a portion of the canal with 26′ round CM pipe (like it is just west of there at the airport)- that will allow for direct pedestrian access of park by train and foot without a large bridges. Work the existing hotel into the site plan to directly access the location for over-night visitors.

Extend the amtrak train track the necessary length so that they might actually get over the “oops I spent 100 million dollars of tax payer money but forgot to ask how long the trains are” and open the darn station already.

GO MIAMI!

Anonymous

What a stupid comment.

No thanks

Overtown stadium would be closer to mass transit as well as the river and would help transform the surrounding area – this plan just gets more people in their cars and forces lots of parking spaces to be built.

Anonymous

Exactly. Mas is concerned about the ‘neighborhood experience’??? Well moving it to this location would have zero neighborhood experience. It is surrounded by highways and an airport. This is not to mention the travesty of paving over one of our only parks. Try doing this in London. They wouldn’t have it.

Vote NO

They have a real opportunity to lift Overtown up using the world’s game and this is what’s on the table now? Damn shame…

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Just like it transformed the area around Marlins Park right? *eye roll*

Vote NO

Join the discussion. Type your comment here….

Anonymous

Very true, except they are not interested in uplifting Overtown. It’s the typical lip service. The silent preference is to not have any contact with Overtown, because of its population.

ILoveMiami

It is NOT a park! Get off the couch and go check it out. The neighborhood is not much better or worse than overtown. Lots of lower middle class Hispanics and 50 year old 2/1 single family homes.

Vote NO

Park or not the overtown site would revitalize the area and further activate the river near Brickell without the need for parking as was originally advertised. And the land is already in place no need to vote now this? It’s silly…the airport will be loud and obnoxious and away from all the exciting developments occurring on the river and downtown.

Anonymous

Residents of Spring Garden and Matheson Familyt will keep him in litigation for years and the MLS is pressuring to take team elsewhere.

like someone mention, Atlanta was awarded Soccer team same year Miami was.
They have the best stadium in Country and are already up and Running!

Gene

Change your tag to: I Love Rich Miami

Anonymous

Middle class hispanics in Miami? Huh. Go figure!

Anonymous

Don’t be fooled, his “neighborhood experience” is his code for too many black people around. Plain and simple! A racist bastard who thinks he’s white.

Anonymous

I just googled both brothers, they look pretty white to me. When you said they think they are white I was picturing someone like Maduro.

ILoveMiami

Lol

Anonymous

What park? Can I fly a kite there ? Don’t think so. Say yes to Fútbol. It’s great for all.

ILoveMiami

This underused golf course is two blocks from MIC. Metrorail, Trirail, and buses. If some claim there is no mass transit here, they should take the train and check it out.

Anonymous

I did check it out, it is between 4 and 5 blocks away, stop exaggerating!

marc

Culmer and Airport station are both about 1000 feet away from the respective locations. The difference being Culmer is a straight walk and Airport would need a pedestrian tunnel/bridge built by the Mas brothers.

Arango

Am I the only one that notices how deceitful this article is. The title is “Beckham Wants To Bulldoze Melreese Park For Soccer Stadium” yet four paragraphs in the writer states “…was suggested as a stadium site by new Miami City Manager (and former MIA director) Emilio Gonzalez.” So which is it and does the TNM staff have something against Beckham and his group? If I read this correctly it is the city that is actually dangling the carrot in front of Beckham and his group. Maybe the city realizes that this location is under performing and that they can get millions more in revenue if a stadium, retail complex and tech hub are built their. Personally I prefer the Overtown location which I know fairly well since I’ve been playing soccer for approximately 10 years at a field that is a few blocks away from the proposed site. And I’ve stayed until 1am or later on various occasions, never once having seen or experienced any type of crime. That whole area has changed considerably in the past decade and it will only continue to change, like it or not. It is ridiculous that it has taken so long for… Read more »

marc

It’s all about the bottom line at the end of the day. The Mas brothers want to make more $$$ than a stadium alone wouldn’t do. While I want it in Overtown as well, I work and play nearby, I have to admit that there is only enough land for a stadium and nothing else. The land surrounding the Overtown location is not for sale and is all zoned for affordable housing. The easiest play for this ownership unfortunately for us is a place with tons of land to build what you want and get let’s of $$$ via rents/leases in return and a hotel and office tower gives them that.

Anonymous

It cannot be an office tower and the stadium is only 28,000 seats and has an FAA imposed height limit. Anything built there will be modest compared to large NFL stadiums. The city will actually
make money for once. #SayYesToMeleeese

Anonymous

The shade in this article is sheltering me from the harsh Miami sun lol

Anonymous

Orlando and Beck proposed their stadiums around the same time. Orlando stadium has been built already for 2 years an has one of the best stadiums an fans in the league! Smack dab in the hood if you want to call it that. Ive been in that area several times those people don’t bother you both the soccer stadium and the football stadiums are in that area. Fans walk to an from the games no problem, there is no parking at either stadium! People park in yards or in parking garage downtown or bus then they walk. All holding flags an smoke cans enjoying the vendors an the experience. That’s the whole point of the pregame, the hype before the game. The neighborhood don’t make the experience bad the stadium an experience makes the neighborhood better. As it has been done in Orlando it can be done in Miami but I guess they don’t see it that way an will be bad for business an that’s sad. Not saying the airport will be 100% bad it will just kill the experience with loud planes an in an area where you don’t get that neighborhood feel. No walking just park an… Read more »

Anonymous

“Neighborhood experience” ….What a bunch of Bull$h!t. Screw Mas

Gene

Right on.

Anonymous

Dont even know where to begin. City of Miami and Dade county do NOT LET THIS OCCUR. Jorge Mas can go fuck himself

Gene

Twice

Polo

Noise from airplanes could be a problem, specially when MIA is on a west operation.

Anonymous

But, it’s a GOLF COURSE!!! Where would a place have to be more silent than a GOLF COURSE!!!.. and this one is next to an AIRPORT!!!!

Anonymous

Maybe they’ll put a roof over it and A/C the space.

Anonymous

Yes lets give away what little we have yet for private development. Fools run this city and will continue to run into into the ground or should I say ocean. Sad.

Anonymous

I agree. This is a terrible idea.

Anonymous

The land would not be “given away.” The soccer group, Beckham and Mas, would have to buy whatever portion of this golf field they want to put their soccer project on. That would at least take some of the tax burden off of people in Miami that keeps this place up and running.

Gene

Who would set the price? This is another Steve Ross type of boondoggle. You like soccer, Orlando already has a built stadium.

Anonymous

I don’t giv-a-sh’t about soccer, it’s just kickball to me. As far as who would set the price, hell, I don’t know… that’s why we elect officials to do these types of things.

marc

The same people who set the price for the rest of the county land sold to them I suppose. It isn’t given away. That’s what differentiates the Beckham group from the rest of the sports owners down here.

Anonymous

This is a disaster. “Neighborhood experience” God forbid white people from the beach and coral gables have to see how the rest of Miami lives

Anonymous

lmao white people ? The majority of hispanics in miami are white so why are you’re lying ? Also the majority of the people attending this game will be white hispanics anyways.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Lol. You’re just desperate to play the race card aren’t you?

Anonymous

The rest of Miami “ chooses to live” not every person on MB and Coral Gables are white and some of them used to live in those areas until they took the advantage of social mobility ( with hard work or going to school) and get out of the ghettos

Anonymous

There are very few WHITE people in Coral Gables. They all hispanics. Same for Miami Beach. White Americans do not consider hispanics as white.

Anonymous

White people in this country need to get this through their head: America is a continent, not a country. That is why this is the “United States” of America we’re in. It kills me when I hear “that’s the American flag.” There is no such thing. It’s the flag of the “United States” of America. That is why there are fifty stars on it.

Anonymous

Although I agree with you in theory the reality is more complex. The problem is that there is no word for people from the United States, like say people from Colombia are Colombian or from Ecuador are Ecuadorian, what would it be for us? United Stateian? So since there is no word people started calling themselves Americans and it stuck. Even the term North American is not correct because that includes Mexico, the U.S., Canada, and Greenland. So there you go!

Anonymous

Gringo

Anonymous

What about “United States citizen” or “Canadian citizen” or “Mexico citizen?”

The nomenclatures are correct. And what I posted is not a theory, it’s fact.

Anonymous

Mexico’s official name is the United States of Mexico. So technically they can also call themselves United States citizens and still refer to their Mexican citizenship.

Anonymous

If only you had a brain.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Miami Beach is almost 50% white. You don’t know what you are talking about.

Anonymous

Hopefully they could at least building a walking path from the train stations to the stadium. But that is asking for to much.

marc

Has to be a stipulation.

Anonymous

How does no one here see the obvious motive of the Mas brothers? The Overtown site is small and will fit the stadium and nothing else. At Melreese, he has much more land at his disposal, hence this “Tech Center” being part of the new proposal.

So in reality, no, this isn’t about a “neighborhood experience” at all. It is all about the Mas brothers getting more $$$ out of this deal, aka developing the Tech Center at the expense of the stadium being in a worse location. Everyone loses but them.

Anonymous

“Everyone loses but them,” how? If people don’t go to the games and the franchise goes belly up, how does you or I lose? It’s Beckham and Mas’s money.

Anonymous

Because he wants to take public land and turn it into another crappy suburban office park.

Anonymous

They are not “taking public land,” they’ll pay for it.

Anonymous

this isnt a park its a golf course, go right ahead beckham

Anonymous

Thank you… and if people know anything about golf courses, you just can’t go frolicking around or picnic in one like you would some nearby neighborhood park. If you’re not teeing off in them, you gotta stay out.

Anonymous

Miami’s car centric mentality at it again. Man, if they had any vision, you could do something special in the overtown site.

Suomynona

Yup.

Blocks from the river. Blocks from Miami central. Blocks from Miami world center. Blocks from two major highways. Blocks from two metro rail stations.

That part of Overtown was RIPE for something like this.

And only a fool would compare it to the Marlins stadium. The Marlins stadium is much farther from downtown that the Overtown site.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Overton is straight up ghetto. The residents don’t want it there and will fight tooth and nail to keep it from being built. Do you really want to wait another 5 years before something comes along?

Anonymous

oh ! no – no

Anonymous

Why the biased article?

Anonymous

The Headline is misleading. Click-bait!

Anonymous

overtown transformation starts with the stadium. build around. attract. this would be a horrible location and terrible decision

Anonymous

“overtown transformation starts with the stadium.”

Said by someone who never lived in Overtown. And before you say anything, I was born and raised in Overtown, probably before you even started walking on this earth.

Gene

So why not wish for transformation. I don’t want to see anybody relocated or forced to move, but this location can mean a lot of jobs for local people and a better life.

Anonymous

This isn’t just some magic trick where you go “poof!” and an area is suddenly transformed because someone built a soccer stadium in it. You can have all the pipe dreams you want but the Marlins stadium in Little Havana is a reality. Let’s see them transform that very seldom used Golf Course with a soccer stadium and then go if you’re a really true soccer fan.

Anonymous

“Seldom used golf course” …? It’s easily one of, if not THE, most widely used public golf courses in Miami-Date and is a City-owned gem. Millions of dollars were recently put into renovating it AND for building the First Tee facility there, which offers underprivileged youth quality access and lessons to the game. This proposal is so sad on a number of levels. It is nevertheless your prerogative to support it, but at least get your facts right.

Anonymous

If it’s so widely used by the public, why would the city be so eager to sell it off? like the above poster, William, wrote – “This course is utilized by .0001% of the city of Miami residents and takes up 80% of the centrally located green space (excludes Virginia key).”

If you have facts to dispute what William said, then show it.

Anonymous

Miami stadium is not close to downtown/urban life. no one wants to develop/build out there and it wont happen any time soon. Overtown is much more of a “reality”

marc

“Out there”? Where?

Anonymous

Hell, I’m still wondering what he’s referring to when he said “Miami stadium.”

Anonymous

this is an ignorant statement and one that I would expect to be made by a Gen X

ILoveMiami

What? No siree Bob. That must have been a millennial who wouldn’T be able to find “Miami Stadium” unless he used his GPS.

Suomynona

Ok. What’s your point?

With the Overtown sites proximity to downtown – unlike the Marlins site – i can see this creating development in that area of Overtown.

Development is good. There are countless empty blocks in the neighborhood that aren’t helping the community’s tax base.

Anonymous

“i can see this creating development in that area of Overtown.”

Yeah, and some people predicted the Marlins stadium would be a boon for Little Havana… tell me, how much has it delivered so far?

suomynona

It is NOTHING like little Havana. The Overtown site LITERALLY borders downtown and tons of current/ongoing development and transportation options. The Marlins site has NONE of that. Fools.

Anonymous

Well, what you hear some people say a soccer stadium will do for Overtown, that’s the same thing some people said the Marlins baseball stadium would do for Little Havana. It’s still the same “Crap Shoot” when it comes to these stadiums!

Anonymous

It’s dumb to call it a “green space” when 95% of the public doesn’t even think about golf.

Anonymous

Are you sure it’s not more like 98% of the public?

Anonymous

this is so typical of miami shit. it is not just the stadium, it is our city having another major league team, having another venue, that properly used be of great asset for our community, the possibility of exposing miami to the world, we should be facilitating things like this, not making it so difficult for Beckham or anyone of his stature wanting to invest in our town. what the ??? is wrong with us?

cec

If they build the soccer stadium anywhere other than the site near Overtown, they have lost at least one fan for ever (I am sure they can live without my attendance). I would never fight traffic and drive to the proposed site and then rent a place to park my car. But what if there are other people who feel the same way I do? The site downtown is already available and is near other entertainment venues. Late comer, Mr. Mas, has upset the apple cart. I for one am also going to vote against this proposal and will encourage everyone I know to do likewise.

marc

No need to drive there. Take Metro Rail.

Anonymous

Not the same. Where would people pregame? At some overpriced hotel lobby bar?

Anonymous

At the bars and eateries in the stadium.

Anonymous

I feet the exact same way.

Doug

Another idea, after looking at the map, buy the magic city casino and put them there.

Anonymous

great idea..plenty of space there..hypothetically, you could even extend the metrorail from the mic to this area and then continue it west to FIU as originally planned either down flagler or 8th street (not a fan of route along the 836 because it is useless)

Anonymous

“Neighborhood Experience” means they hate black people. Because they are racist pricks they want to take away the largest amount of park land in the City of Miami?

I hope this is stopped. These racist fools should be run out of town with a proposal like this!

Anonymous

lmao but if they built people would of cried racism which they were doing in overtown. No one can appease you SJW’s.

Anonymous

I’m just wondering where are all the people who hated the Overtown site? They bitched moaned and groaned about a soccer stadium in the hood, but they’re quieter than “church mice” now.

Anonymous

No one was crying racism in Overtown because of a stadium being built, you SLRMF!

ILoveMiami

It is NOT a park.

Anonymous

You can say it a thousand times and most of them still wouldn’t get it.

Gene

It’s a bit of green space that we desperately need to keep green and breathing.

Anonymous

The massive Everglades is not that far away.

Suomynona

The everglades? Is that the thing the mayor and commissioners are proposing we knock down more of to build a new highway and housing developments?

Anonymous

Knock down the Everglades?.. when vast swaths of it is a river of sawgrass or just large dead areas that the Army Corps of Engineers killed a long time ago?

Yeah, I guess I am referring to what you called “that thing.”

suomynona

Oh so your proposal is to encroach further and destroy/damage even more of it?

Stupid idea, bro.

Anonymous

What?

Anonymous

Relax and stop believing the Headline…

Anonymous

I hope you are referring to the Matheson family.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Black people were the ones who didn’t want the stadium built in their neighborhood first. You should probably do a little research before making ridiculous comments like that.

Suomynona

Quit acting like every single black person was against an Overtown stadium. That is false.

Most of the criticism came from stooges like Mas who complained about the “neighborhood experience” or sorting garden residents who didn’t even live in the Overtown neighborhood.

Face it, if the reason Mas wanted to move the stadium was because of too much pushback from Overtown residents, he would’ve just said so.

But he didn’t say that.

He said the “experience” is bad, which is a bad euphemism for socioeconomic status/demographics.

Anonymous

Blacks are as racists as whites or even more…. but it’s ok!!!

Anonymous

These was no word in the so call “Idians” of this land or the Africans language for racism… but the white man showed and taught them what it meant.

ILoveMiami

Wha…what? No hablo gibberish.

Anonymous

Whites initiated racism against blacks and many other minorities. Don’t get it twisted. It is only natural to fight back when you’re discriminated against because of your color, gender religion etc. If you’re not aware of the history, your lack of education is no excuse for posting dribble.

marc

Drivel

Anonymous

Any stadium would only use a small portion of the land. Maybe 25%. The rest could be turned into an actual park rather than a struggling golf course. Win-Win.

Anonymous

Let him bulldoze the Four Ambassadors buildings in Brickell instead!!!!!

Anonymous

Hey, why don’t you get off the “I hate the Four Ambassadors” bs Ok? I’ve seen you post this garbage over and over but you seem to be the only one who really has a disdain for these building. Heck, I remember when they were the tallest buildings in Brickell before the place was called Brickell.

Anonymous

I don’t like them either. They’re outdated.

Anonymous

I don’t like a lot of the stuff they chose to call “historic” in Miami either, but I don’t keep harping about it.

Anonymous

I agree.. that building is all junk

Mondocondo

If the county made the decision they didn’t need the golf course, there are probably much better uses for this rare patch of public green space than a soccer stadium being “leased” to a bunch of millionaires. The vast majority of the citizens in the county will have no access to this sure to be overpriced venue.

This seems like an impulsive decision by those with soccer stars in their eyes. Who’s interest are being served by this? Who ever conceived of scarce public green space being sacrificed for this type of use? This area is not a slum that needs investment or rejuvenation, which is the typical rationalization for these types of public give-always. And by give-away I mean the use as green space. Cheers

Anonymous

While the new site has good public transportation options, they don’t compare to the Overtown site. I haven’t seen Brightline brought up. Brightline could bring fans from FTL, WPB and eventually Orlando – think of the interstate rivalry… The reason most stadiums don’t revitalized areas is because they are built with the car in mind. When you drive to Marlin Stadium, your objective is to leave as fast as you can so you don’t get stuck in the garages for an hour. When you arrive at the stadium via rail or train, you are more apt to hang and drink/eat. Think Wrigley, Fenway etc.