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New Lawsuit Says David Beckham's Bid To Develop Melreese Golf Course Is Illegal

New Lawsuit Says David Beckham’s Bid To Develop Melreese Golf Course Is Illegal

Miami resident Bruce Matheson has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent David Beckham and Jorge Mas from developing the Melreese golf course into a stadium, shopping center and office buildings.

The lawsuit was filed in late October. Matheson also filed a second lawsuit one week earlier that seeks to invalidate the city election for a strong mayor system.

Emergency hearings are being requested. If Matheson is victorious, the stadium deal and strong mayor bid could be blocked by the courts, even if voters approve in tomorrow’s election.

According to the Melreese lawsuit, city officials violated the city charter requirements for competitive bidding by placing the Beckham deal on the ballot.

A second allegation states that the ballot language used for the Beckham stadium question is misleading.

 

 

 

The Melreese/Beckham lawsuit:

Matheson strong mayor lawsuit:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

I want the MLS here as much as anyone else, but this needs to be a fair process and it should be put out as an RFP if we are just going to give the land.

William
William

Agreed. This whole land use thing needs to go to RFP. It’s happening way to quickly. Matheson seems to be a principled guy who is willing to spend money for civic purposes (crandon park etc).

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why does it need to be RFP?

Why does it need to be developed? I’m confused. Can’t it just stay a golf course?

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s sucking thousands of the people of this city taxpaying dollars (who don’t and will never play golf) to keep it afloat.

Remember, it’s not a park where you can have a picnic or jog in.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agreed. You can’t simply short circuit the established process, let alone for this much land.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Good. Now Mas can get revenge on Matheson and build the stadium in Overtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Overtown was a great location.
There is also plenty of available land at NW 79th St. West of I-95

Anonymous
Anonymous

I disagree. The best location is next to Marlins Stadium where one landowner put the kabosh on that deal because Beckham and company thought he was asking for too much money (this is before deep-pocketed Mas and Claure jumped on board). His second choice was PortMiami and that idea was deep-sixed because (officially) it would have removed valuable port related land. HOWEVER, revisiting that idea has merit if both parties become symbiotic partners: build the stadium ABOVE the port. Make everything below the stadium a giant “flex-space” that can be used for container storage and conventions with office, retail, and restaurants surrounding the enclosure. In this reimagining, everyone wins: http://bit.ly/1qcALaH

Anonymous
Anonymous

Too late and too expensive.
They can afford to purchase one of the many trailer parks in the 79th Corridor and build affordable housing for the displaced residents.

Anonymous
Anonymous

😀

Anonymous
Anonymous

He doesn’t want Overtown, too many black people and no room to build his massive development and reap millions. At any rate it is supposedly Beckam’s baby. Mas joined in after concocting his grand plan.

No to a road closure
No to a road closure

The Overtown site is terrible too. Residents oppose the Overtown site AND stadium would require vacating part of NW 7th Street.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is there anything that Matheson likes? He needs to move to gated community!

suomynona
suomynona

Overtown!

Anonymous
Anonymous

A Miami Strong Mayor and Jorge Mas in the same ballot…..no wonder Matherson is suing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I voted yes

VoteNoOn3
VoteNoOn3

This stadium deal is such a rotten deal for the city and would allow Mas to collect MULTI-MILLIONS over a 99 year period at the city’s expense for land he barely paid anything for (considering what he’s getting). He’s following in Jeff Loria’s footsteps, relying on the stupidity and uninformed-ness of the Miami-Dade voter.

peej
peej

wow, Matheson is such a schmuck. 1st he forces the Tennis tourney off the Key, then gets uppity when Becks considers the Overtown spot across the canal from his Spring Garden property, and now this?

Surely he can put that inheritance $$ to better use. What a crotchety old man…

Anonymous
Anonymous

This wealthy guy thinks he is Batman and believes hes saving us from evil or something…He should use his fortune to expand the metro-rail instead..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Then i guess your family should donate their land so they can do the tennis tournament there.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What? Tennis? Anyway, Yes! the land my family and I pay taxes on can be used for Soccer stadium.

Happy now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do your research on the Matheson family first! if it werent for this family, Key Biscayne would probably be like brickell key right now.

He fights corruption
He fights corruption

I support Bruce Matheson. Thank goodness someone speaks up. Thanks to Matheson for hiring a good attorney to fight corruption.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Build it in Overtown. Build an ART line (Automated Rapid Tram, it looks and functions like light rail minus the need for tracks) along NW 6th Street from the AAA to Marlins Park with stops at Beckham’s Overtown Stadium and Miami Central.

We’d have an incredible corridor of stadiums all within/near the downtown core and a new E/W transit option that connects to Miami Central.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Matheson Would Sue.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hialeah Park is a perfect location with a Metrorail station in the park.

Anonymous
Anonymous

A “Metrorail station in a park.” No wonder these idiots in charge are always wondering why ridership is not what they think it should be.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They want it in Miami

AndrewN
AndrewN

This is a frivolous suit.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Once again the title of this article is so slanted against this project. Writing “New Lawsuit: David Beckham’s Bid To Develop Melreese Golf Course Is Illegal” makes it sound as if the trial has ended and the verdict is in. Which is totally not the case, many people file lawsuits saying things are illegal but it is only after the legal process has run its course that we can be certain about it. Now it is obvious that you writers all hate this project but let’s try at least to be somewhat impartial when you post something on this site. Your readers deserve better.

Anonymous
Anonymous

100 % agree!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Spot on.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Apparently you missed the colon “:” in the title.

Anonymous
Anonymous

gotem!

No-Bid deal promotes corruption
No-Bid deal promotes corruption

No-Bid deal? Demolishing the only golf course in Miami? Adding traffic to the MIA corridor? This Scam was NEVER a good idea.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is an anonymous, free blog with no claims made of objective journalism. Whoever it is that takes his time to make this information available to all of us (virtually in real time) can spin it as little or as much as they please and we should say “thank you.” Accordingly, you can read the post and make your own judgements or choose not read. But we don’t *deserve* anything. Quite a simple situation.

Ex-Londoner now in 33132
Ex-Londoner now in 33132

This soccer-mad Brit is one of thousands in Miami rooting for the stadium. But not the point: This Matheson seems to live for lawsuits. The exhortation “Get a Life!” springs to mind.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

He thinks he speaks for the people with this nonsense. Find a hobby Bruce!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Freaking lawyers protecting publicly owned property. Ansurd!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This poor guy should just pack up and go. Try Wichita or Fresno.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

FUCK YOU BRUCE!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Built the stadium in Shark Valley in the middle of the Everglades>

Anonymous
Anonymous

this article has a politica bias, obviously someone of the TNM editors play golf in that golf course

Anonymous
Anonymous

Has anyone done reseach on this family? If it werent for them, Key Biscayne would have 3 trees and 21930784 buildings.

No-Bid? Really?
No-Bid? Really?

I hope Matheson wins. The No-Bid deal stinks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Matheson is the only person trying to save Miami from becoming a greater mess than it already is.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Then why doesn’t he run for mayor?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because the Latin base would never support an old white man. Wasn’t the last white mayor of Miami Kennedy in the 70s? Mattheson can get more done as a citizen on his own time and dime without wasting money on a campaign guaranteed to go nowhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Matheson should get sued for being stupid.. not everyday some group comes knocking saying hey let’s invest 1 Billion on your city..

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only, they’re really not investing $1B in our city… they’d be using tax-payer land for purposes it’s not legally allowed for (see our zoning code and the land’s current designation, and then see the MNCP’s section on no net loss policy on parks). In case you guys forgot, zoning ordinances and comprehensive plans are actual legal provisions that we need to adhere to with due process. All that said, the “rent” they’d offer to pay is well below market rate for such prime land, and if you think their proposal of hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail and hotel are great, then you clearly have no clue on what’s happening in the economy both national and local. Did you forget about Miami WorldCenter and the American Dream Mall? Last thing MDC needs is another massive tourism pit that doesn’t really serve the taxpayers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What a coincidence??? TNM decided to post this article just the day before the Election!!!! Interesting Timing!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think you’re giving them more credit than is due…

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Overtown proposal sucked, Parcel B sucked, and Marlins Park sucked. It should be built on Virginia Key, and frankly should’ve on Museum Park after the original Marlins Proposal failed. If this fails, it will end up in the middle of nowhere.

Parks are supposed to be respected
Parks are supposed to be respected

Virginia Key is a public park. Are you crazy?