Mayor: Beckham Should Build Parking Garage At Stadium, Metrorail Too Far

Miami mayor Tomas Regalado wants David Beckham to build a parking garage at his proposed MLS soccer stadium in Overtown, according to Sports Buzz.

Beckham’s group is planning to build the stadium without a garage, instead relying on existing parking and mass transit. There are 7,000 parking spaces within a 10 minute walk, and the Culmer Metrorail station is three blocks away.

Regalado told Sports Buzz: “I really don’t know how you could possibly walk from Culmer. I think it’s too far.”

Beckham is planning to wrap up site acquisition and zoning approvals by June, with construction beginning shortly thereafter.

 

google says it’s a 5 minute walk:

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Gables
4 years ago

I would like to point out that Tomas Regalado’s daughter Raquel is trying to run for Miami-Dade County Mayor. If here listen to her, she shares many of the same views as her father. Let’s remember that when it is time to vote. Miami is better without the Regalado’s and their 1960s mentality.

suomynona
4 years ago

Absolutely. I am ready to vote these idiots out.

marc
4 years ago

Let me guess, Mr. Regalado has never had to park at the former Joe Robbie Stadium for any Dolphins games but did valet. How long does he think it takes to walk from some parking spaces there? What an idiot.

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

The farther out parking spaces there would equate to walking more than two-tenths of a mile, so yeah it’s comparable. And no shade for that endless parking lot walk.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Exactly, the overflow lot on the east side of Dolphin Stadium is more like a 10 min walk. Instead of asking for a parking garage the should ask for public right away improvements to make the walk more enjoyable. Or, ask to Beckham to help with the cost of improving that old, dirty metro station.

marc
4 years ago

Right, I just superimposed the Dolphin Stadium lot over this walking route and Culmer Station is closer than any parking space in lots 11-18. Now what Tomas?

Anonymous
4 years ago

This is why Miami can’t have anything nice infrastructure-wise. We have a mayor who has no clue about mass transit

Anonymous
4 years ago

5 minute walk too far?
These people have no concept what a city really feels like.
A parking garage will kill the walkability and city feel.
Where is the encouragement for people to use mass transit?
If we keep on building garages downtown, it will never happen.
Real cities don’t have parking in the city centers.

marc
4 years ago

Tomas would die in Manhattan.

Oscar
4 years ago

Sigh. Such a dumb remark.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Mr Regalado: ” I really don’t know how you could possibly walk from Culmer. I think it’s too far.”

Say what you really want to say Mr. Regalado, you’re just afraid of the neighborhood and you think you might get mugged.

suomynona
4 years ago

Oh wow. I didn’t even consider that aspect of it. And that seems much more likely than him actually thinking 3 blocks is too far to walk. What a prick.

Anonymous
4 years ago

as each month of this mayors term goes by I keep getting more and more relieved that this fool will be gone soon…..actually amazing that under his “leadership” that this city has electricity and running water………

Anonymous
4 years ago

The stadium doesn’t need a garage! They could shuttle the incredibly lazy people that can’t walk three blocks. Or have shuttles to and from the underutilized Marlins Park garages… If they absolutely must include parking, hopefully the stadium will be designed on a plinth like Herzog & De Meuron’s stadium in Bordeaux, with parking below.

suomynona
4 years ago

Even though Beckham isn’t saying it, the stadium will absolutely have parking. I tend to think it will be underground as to not affect the exterior aesthetics of the stadium design.

Why will it have parking? For team executives, personnel, players, the media, friends and family, and wealthy ticket holders.

For everybody else, we’ll just have to endure that arduous 3-block walk. “THE HORROR!”

Marc305
4 years ago

Lol, well said!

Anonymous
4 years ago

No garage? Sounds great to me.

Unless we stop building parking. traffic is going to keep getting worse in the area.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Hey Mayor, then start looking into trolley service or other. Actually, why not work with Beckham on creating a nice path that is shaded. If we had a mayor that things outside the box you would see there is potential to convert that street into a Lincoln Road type with restaurants and bars and activate that area.

Anonymous
4 years ago

An mayor who clearly doesn’t care about an walkable environment nor people using mass transit. This is why the mayor is dragging his feet on baylink and said he didn’t want to fund the downtown trirail station. Can’t wait till hes gone.

Anonymous
4 years ago

3 blocks is too far Mr. Regalado ? lol …Clearly you have never been to or walked through NYC. He is probably one of these people who takes 30 minutes in a store’s parking lot jut so he can park right in front of the store.

Miko
4 years ago

That’s like 3 blocks… ! LOL… how closer does the mayor wants it to be?

Anonymous
4 years ago

The mayor wants the metro rail train to leave him in the middle of field.

Marc305
4 years ago

A 3 block, 5 minute walk is too far away?? really?? I have walked a lot longer than that when I went to see the Dolphins. Ridiculous!

Add
4 years ago

If we
Put a red carpet, add some papparazzi miami ppl will walk willingly!

marc
4 years ago

For the people complaining about parking and wanting to force the stadium builder to supply parking, be happy we’re even getting one and that it’s being done the right way without the ridiculous amounts of giveaways most developers demand these days.

GyroMeat
4 years ago

This is just sad.

Anonymous
4 years ago

There’s no question that Culmer is close enough, and all those pedestrians could be a real boon for that area of NW 7th Avenue, which could use the help. However, let’s take a serious look at that 7,000 spaces statement, utilization during games, and the unlikelihood that anyone would walk to them.

No parking is fine for those of us with easy access to MetroRail, but let’s do a little more homework before we support a stadium with just a few parking spots for ‘team executives, personnel, players, the media, friends and family, and wealthy ticket holders’.

It’s called a parking plan and includes real walking and shuttle connections for real people, not just abstract radius statements that lack any real parking inventory and connectivity analysis.

Dave
4 years ago

The distance itself is not the issue. Its what you would be walking through. If that neighborhood were cleaned up than a 5 minute walk with a family would be no problem at all.

marc
4 years ago

I take it you’ve not been to any sporting or music event at any stadium down here have you? If you have, have you not noticed the police presence at these events let alone the other thousand or two other men women and children going to these events. I mean really.

suomynona
4 years ago

What SPECIFICALLY about the exact 3 blocks listed above is so dirty that it needs to be “cleaned up”? Pray tell.

You don’t have to cross 7th Ave into Overtown proper. You don’t even have to walk along 7th Ave until you’re at the stadium itself.

And if you’re so afraid of the neighborhood, you probably shouldn’t even take a taxi or Uber. Because where do you think many of the concession stand employees and vendors in the stadium will live? Many will likely be local Overtown, Allapattah and Little Havana residents. So, if they scare you that badly…

snoɯʎuou∀
4 years ago

3 blocks = too far

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

Doesn’t seem likely for the majority of tens of thousands of people, but for a fair chunk. Underground parking is also not unfeasible.

Dany
4 years ago

I don’t like this guy but he has a point, People who likes soccer/Football live mostly around Kendall and Doral, MetroRail has no connection with any of this neighborhoods, Parking is around lots that have not been developed yet, but the stadium has to think with long perspective, The city of Miami Must to expand the Metro system, this is not Beckan’s job. People just complain because that’s how we are, The parking issue is not the big picture here, we should attack the mayor for not expanding the mass transportation system, not for wanting more parkings.

J.
4 years ago

Am I only one here FOR a parking garage? I mean, Miami weather can be unpredictable. The heat and rain can be too much for the elderly, those with disabilities and those with kids. I don’t think one parking garage will kill the neighborhood…

Anonymous
4 years ago

take uber

Transitlover
4 years ago

Taken an umbrella? I think the kids you are taking to the game should be able to walk; I don’t think bringing a toddler to the game is a good idea.

laz
4 years ago

No Garage? he just lost 75% of his soccer followers from Doral and Weston who is core audience.

suomynona
4 years ago

Doral and Weston residents can park at Palmetto station Metrorail and ride to the game. Problem solved.

Dany
4 years ago

I agree with you, the people arguing that MetroRail is close should know enough that Kendall and Doral have not any other way to go there.

suomynona
4 years ago

Kendall residents can park at Dadeland station Metrorail and ride to the game. Problem solved.

Anonymous
4 years ago

10 min walk is fine

laz
4 years ago

I would love to know what part of town you live in with the BS coming out of your mouth. Problem is not solve, the biggest problem here are you people wishing Miami turns into Manhattan, the fact is the majority of the people live in suburbs and all the biggest employers are in the suburbs. What Brickell and Downtown should have done is tried to get the corporate giants of miami to move there so people have an incentive to live , work , play all in one area but that Sh*t didnt happen did it, so you have a bunch of high rises that need loads of parking because the people that live there need to go to work out in the suburbs. you urbanist hitlers make me sick . in stead of stadiums that go weeks without use, more coperations and offices should be in those areas, hence then the need to get there and more mass transit can exist to get you to core areas.

Elly
4 years ago

finally someone speaks some truth!

Anonymous
4 years ago

what are you exactly arguing for? it’s not a choice between building a stadium and figuring out ways to grow the economy, jobs, and industry in miami. 2 totally separate issues.