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Miami Riverside Center, Beckham Stadium Win Voter Approval

Miami Riverside Center, Beckham Stadium Win Voter Approval

Results are in for today’s election. Voters appear to have approved the big real estate deals on the ballot, while rejecting a proposal for a strong mayor system.

David Beckham’s Arquitectonica-designed soccer stadium at the Melreese golf course was endorsed by voters. With 98% of precincts counted, the proposal was favored by a 60 to 40 margin and will cruise to an easy victory. The project also includes, retail, hotel and office space.

A 99 year lease for the Melreese land will be given to developers, but final details of the project must still be approved by commissioners.

Two of five commissioners (Manolo Reyes and Willy Gort) remain opposed even after today’s vote, they told the Herald. The swing vote is Ken Russell, who voted in favor of the referendum after the developers pledged $5 million to build a baywalk. A legal challenge is also pending.

Miami Riverside Center is set to be turned over to Adler Group in a 99-year lease, with nearly 65% of voters in favor (only 50% was needed). Three towers will be built by the developer, designed by architect NBWW.

Two of the towers will be 50 to 60 stories, while the third will be around 30 stories.

The project is to include residential, hotel, office, retail and restaurant space. A riverwalk is also planned.

Miami Beach’s Convention Center Hotel has been approved by voters, with 64% in favor – passing the 60% required.  It will include 800 rooms in an Arquitectonica designed 185-foot tower.

Miami Beach Connect, which includes Fontainebleau co-owner Jackie Soffer, Miami Design District developer Craig Robins and Terra Group’s David Martin will be awarded a 99-year lease.

Construction is expected to begin before the end of 2019.

Up to $439 million in Miami Beach General Obligation Bonds were also approved by voters. They will fund parks, recreational facilities, and cultural facilities, along with infrastructure and public safety improvements.

The strong mayor system proposed by Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has been rejected.

Casino Gambling  – or any expansion of gaming – will now require statewide voter approval with a 60% threshold, after an amendment backed by Disney and the Seminole Tribe was passed by Florida voters. That’s bad news for Genting’s Resorts World Miami proposal.

 

Miami Riverside Center:

Convention Center hotel in Miami Beach:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Shouldve built the soccet stadium in Overtown, hope they put that land to good use to act as a catalist and transform the area. Meanwhile the riverfront and beach convention center were no-brainers…

Gene
Gene

NIMBY

Anonymous
Anonymous

Eugene you’re the biggest NIMBY of them all.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Eugene probably lives in Nebraska.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No he lives in downtown and goes to bed at 6pm everyday.

suomynona
suomynona

Definitely think the Overtown site would be better. But Beckham/Mas didn’t care about that. They want the cheap land rights to their “mall”. It’s a real estate development, not a soccer/football/futbol franchise.

I had been looking forward to MLS for years. But I couldn’t give a rat’s behind about it now. I’ll be damned if I buy any apparel or go to any games.

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And the gambling amendment isn’t bad news for Genting. Genting wasn’t getting a casino from the state legislature. This is status quo, at worst. If Genting wants a casino, it needs to spend its money to advertise and lobby the voters in Florida.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree. This amendment may end biting the Seminole tribe in the rear end. All Genting has to do is tell voters how much revenue the state will get and voters will approve. They can even restrict the amendment to just Miami to prevent competition elsewhere and get the N. Florida conservatives to vote. Voters are easily manipulated.

Anonymous
Anonymous

the fact that genting remained silent on this vote leads me to believe that they feel the direct approach to voters is the best avenue to get approval for complete resort plan and not just piecemeal slots and /or card games

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s not voter manipulation, buddy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If you were a real soccer fan you wouldn’t care where the stadium is built. You’re not a soccer fan, you’re really one of these people who wants to have everything your way.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m a taxpayer who doesn’t agree to government giveaways of public land to billionaires without competitive bidding. It’s better than being an immature soccer fan who only voted for this because of soccer. Grow up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m a taxpayer who also owns a home in Miami. Before Beckham came to town and proposed his dream of a Soccer Franchise in Miami, tell me who stepped up before that? I don’t care for soccer or Golf, and if this proposal takes some of the burden off of taxpayers in Miami to exist, I’m all for it. It’s been long enough and unlike the little immature whining crybaby you are, I’m not waiting around for someone else to step in with a better proposal.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I call BS. Open bidding would get us the best deal. The city never opened it up before. And now we have a mayor and city manager who are bending over backwards for Beckham. They should be sitting on our side of the table negotiating on our behalf and not Beckham’s.

suomynona
suomynona

Get your weak comment out of here.

Suomynona
Suomynona

If you were a real baseball fan you’d go to Marlins games even though they fleeced the taxpayers for billions.

See how your stupid logic works?

This Beckham deal could easily cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars over the same time frame as the Marlins park debacle.

Anonymous
Anonymous

“could easily cost”

I see what you did. You just don’t anything so you use the ole familiar scare tactic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I am getting sick and tired of hearing from faux soccer fans like you. Boo hoo I don’t like the way we got our stadium so now I won’t buy any tickets. Fine, don’t go, problem solved. I doubt you would have done it either way. The rest of us will support the team, buy their apparel, and get season tickets. You know why? Because that is what true fans do and thankfully enough of us voted for it and like it or not we won.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No you won’t. Mas doesn’t care about soccer. He’s only going to care about the mall and office park. He’ll stop spending on the team after the first season. It’ll just be another empty South Florida stadium.

suomynona
suomynona

Another weak comment.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because you say it’s weak? LMFAO

Suomynona
Suomynona

The irony and your lack of self awareness is incredible.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually The Neighborhood of Spring Garden and Matheson
Sued until project was forced to move, We all wanted a stadium Over-town.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What do you mean, “we?”

Anonymous
Anonymous

“we” me and my family

suomynona
suomynona

You do not know what you’re talking about. They were not “forced” to move. Mas literally said if their golf course “mall” plan fell through that Overtown was still an option.

Anonymous
Anonymous

suomynona – Dude it is time to move on. Overtown is over and done with, you are acting like the girlfriend who won’t let go. Becks and Mas have made their choice and the people have voted. That’s it, end of the story.

Suomynona
Suomynona

I corrected a factually inaccurate statement. Another weak reply from some anonymous nobody.

William
William

Wait until beckham sends the massive environmental cleanup bill to the tax payers… the rent won’t cover the cleanup costs… Remember, this was a former dump that was carefully covered by a golf course, the change of use will require a significant investment into the ground itself.

I’m hoping the canal will be buried with a contech CMP pipe… so that people can walk from the metro directly to the site…

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Overtown site was incompatible for a stadium based on its surroundings, was too far away from transit, and would have caused major traffic. Also, there was no guarantee it would have revitalized the area, like the Miami Arena never did for Park West, and Marlins Park for Riverside Heights/Little Havana. After Museum Park and Virgina Key which didn’t work out, Melreese is the best site.

Suomynona
Suomynona

Too far from transit?

You know how i know that you’re clueless?

A crime is a crime
A crime is a crime

Jorge Mas spent over $1,000,000 to sway voters. Mas started buying votes many months ago. The opponents spent barely $100,000. All in the last 3-4 weeks. Mas sent out 300,000 deceitful mailers. Convincing uneducated voters to back a terrible deal does make it any more attractive. No-Bid deals never benefit the taxpayers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Such a joke. Guy just got handed 50 acres in the middle of the city for less than the cost of a nice condo in Brickell. #RichGetRicher

Anonymous
Anonymous

and before anyone mentions the $30M or so figure that’s been publicized, check for how the timespan of that payment and do the appropriate math

Ugh
Ugh

The consultants who put it together used the same document template high school seniors use for a paper. Impossible to take anything from it seriously.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, fifty acres of an aging golf course covering a garbage dump and under a noisy airport. It’s not worth as much as you might believe. At least it’ll be put to better use than more warehouses. Also, ending your comment with a class warfare cliche doesn’t support it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

how do you know he spent a million dollars and sent out 300.000 mailers? how do you know all the no bid deals have never benefited taxpayers? why is it a bad deal and worse than the deal they have now which is wasting taxpayers money?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Please… did you whine like that when Norman Braman used his money to sway voters?

Anonymous
Anonymous

There is still hope that manollo reyes and Carrollo get more out of this horrible deal.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I had that stadium poster cards in my mail box daily, most city miami voters are morons. The City of Miami will be bailing this project out and paying for renovations in the coming decades.

Anonymous
Anonymous

And you know that the “City of Miami will be bailing this project out and paying for renovations in the coming decades” how?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you lack critical thinking ? Hurricane damage like what happened to the Marine stadium and a baseball training site in south Dade. And future Renovations.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Do you lack common sense? The Marine stadium is a public own stadium, why do think it’s going through all this hassle to get renovated. And whatever baseball training facility you’re talking about in South Dade, it’s also owned by the public. This proposed soccer stadium complex by Beckham will be built with PRIVATE MONEY!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Relax people! this is not the Marlins Deal…We will be OK..Beckham is not in it for the Money…The guy is really passionate about this..yeah maybe the other group members are not the best, but if it all goes well, they city will be benefit from this project!

NothingLearnedFromMarlinsDeal
NothingLearnedFromMarlinsDeal

You’re right Beckham is not in it for the money… Mas is. And consequently the figurehead Beckham is not who we’re all worried about… Mas is. He’s the real Jeff Loria behind the curtain.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You can’t pay bills with passion. I could care less if Beckham’s childhood dream was to own a second rate MLS team playing in an empty Miami stadium. What I care about is how much this will end up costing taxpayers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Genting’s Resorts World Miami will never happen now, might as well sell the land.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think this might actually work out in gettings favor… Because now Disney and the Seminole’s can’t block gambling via Tallahassee

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree with above. I think the TNM is confused.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It was a pretty confusing amendment to begin with. A lot of people didn’t know rather to vote yes or no an what effect it will have if they voted for either. Yes ment the people decide on gambling and no ment the state continue to have control. Now that it passed with a yes vote what the hell does it actually mean? Any new proposal has to have a majority vote by the people? If that’s the case maybe Genting would have that vote but then again why would Disney and Seminole back it?

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

The vote would be another amendment requiring 60% threshold.

Anonymous
Anonymous

well i thought the same thing…interesting to see if genting goes to the people for approval or sells the land and goes to a more welcoming state or city

Anonymous
Anonymous

The main caveat for this amendment is that you need to have at least 8% of the electorate sign petitions to get any new casino on the ballot. This endeavor usually cost millions of dollars to get those signatures, and now that it is illegal to pay a canvasser to get those signatures it will probably be impossible to get any casinos on the ballot, unless the electorate really wants a new casino. This is a huge win for Disney and the Seminoles!

Anonymous
Anonymous

They can’t pay a canvasser but they can have Genting employees “volunteer”.

Polo
Polo

If Miami-Dade voters were to approve Miami’s Genting’s Resorts World Miami, does this now mean it won’t matter unless the entire state approve it as well? If this is the case, it’s not fair. Residents of Pensacola should NOT have a say of what happen in the city of Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly! People in sleepy little towns in North Florida should not have any say on what Miami wants.

Acere!
Acere!

I live in Miami, i’m voting NO!

A. Nonymous
A. Nonymous

You realize it’s already passed, right?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Residents of Hollywood and Silicon Valley should NOT have a say of what happens in the rest of California, but they do. It works both ways. What do you want to do, secede and be annexed by Cuba and/or Haiti?

Anonymous
Anonymous

More like secede and have Miami annex Cuba and Haiti 😉 clown commissioners put in re-education camps of course

Anonymous
Anonymous

I would vote NO for casinos in a heartbeat!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Good! Gambling doesn’t belong in Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, I said this once and I’ll say it again. When a person takes out a loan to buy a house or a car, they’re gambling, which is why there are foreclosures and repossessions.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Oh be quiet. You know what I’m talking about.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, I see what you’re talking about. If a person spends thirty dollars instead five dollars on a watered down drink in some club on Miami Beach, you’re fine with that. But if that same person plucks down twenty dollars on a bet in a casino in Miami, you turn into the “vanguard of Miami.”

Look dude, people are losing their money everyday on something in Miami. I own a home in Miami and I have to pay taxes, and part of that money goes towards the Marlins Baseball Stadium which I’ve never stepped foot in. And you what?.. I don’t like or givadamn about baseball… so what am I getting for my money?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

STFU.

Anonymous
Anonymous

ESAD!

Anonymous
Anonymous

That is the worst example i’ve ever heard!!! WOW!!!! you are not a smart person!

Anonymous
Anonymous

“worst example?”

That’s not a rebuttal, that’s just empty rhetoric. And you call yourself “intelligent?”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why can’t Genting built the towers without the casino? Don’t they got the money anyways? Just build the dam thing!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Green light.. start building!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

GGGGOOOOOOLLLL….!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yup, I knew it. Belly aching sore losers would be out blaming everyone this morning. I said it before and I will say it again. Put it to a vote and let the people decide and that is exactly what happened. Take all your hate and all your nasty comments about uneducated voters and shove it where the sun don’t shine. Miami is finally closer than ever to achieving something that over 20 other cities in the US already have and that is an MLS Soccer team. If the Beckham team is reading this I just want to say thank you for not giving up on us. There are enough fans in Miami to fill up your upcoming stadium. You can count on 7 season tickets from me, my family, and my closest friends. Thanks again!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Only a loser actually pays to go see MLS.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol, you were right another belly aching loser who voted no. LMFAO.

Anonymous
Anonymous

LOL Manolo Reyes and Willy Gort will block this. They need 4 commissioners to agree to the deal. So two no votes kills this. Lot’s of people in their districts voted no.

Anonymous
Anonymous

MLS is not the Champions League, only 20 other cities have teams cause the MLS is a joke, actually a peg above Miami getting a WNBA team…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami residents are so ignorant! We just got robbed with the Marlins stadium and we basically want to hand the MLS another freebie!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, the residents of Miami are not paying for this Soccer Complex.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, Santa Claus isn’t real either? You know that right? Tax payers WILL end up paying more for this than we get back. Don’t be a sheep.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why are the leases so long? I don’t get that part.

An Opinion
An Opinion

Because the entities leasing these spaces don’t own the land. They merely have a land lease. After 99 years the improvements are kept by the landlord or the lease is renewed on new terms. 99 year land leases make sense because in theory you’d have made a decent rate of return by the end of the term to pay for the lost improvements. New York City has many many 99 year land leases. Even Miami Beach has a few.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes… and another way to look at it – the leasee has to pay whatever the cost is to rent the spot and also pay taxes.. for 99 years!

The taxpayers are the real winners.

NoMLSAtAnyCost
NoMLSAtAnyCost

No a 30 – 50 year land lease is reasonable and typical for commercial RE (including sale-leasebacks, that national fast food chains and big box stores do). 99 year is extortion of a voter base that is woefully uninformed on these kinds of matters.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I just hope the stadium as a nice wide path that is covered from the metrorail to the stadium.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Best comment yet. I agree with you 100% a covered path would be great.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hope it has its own stop, with a line going down 27th Street to Douglas Road station, and more stations in between.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Great news!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Didn’t Disney and Seminole wanted to vote no?

Anonymous
Anonymous

No, they wanted yes to make it harder to disrupt their entertainment and gambling monopolies respectively in the state. It’s such mind f**ckery that has people voting the opposite of what they wanted because they don’t do their own research.

Anonymous
Anonymous

lots of tears because the stadium at melreese park was approved by voters. have a consolation party,invite jorge perez and cry with him

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’ll invite you when Gort and Reyes block this. You need 4 commissioners to approve.

Anonymous
Anonymous

MLS = Major League Suckers

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yet more HATERS = Having Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The only time in my life I’ll ever say this…go Bruce Matheson! Hope his lawsuit derails the Melreese scam.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You must be fun at parties.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, he/she is a hit at those Tea parties.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Voters are much smarter in Florida than I expected. Good news overall…

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Voters in Miami….the rest of the state above the Tampa Bay area are a bunch of uneducated inbreds…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami voters have low i.q’s.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Is that why Amazon skipped out on us?

Anonymous
Anonymous

God yes! If it was up to us we wouldn’t have a Trump Mini Me running our state now. De Santis are you serious people!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I would say, “Gillum, are you serious people,” but he only won the primary because it was a slew of mediocre candidates, and went as far as he did because of George Soros money. Same with Bozo over in Texas.

I voted for Putnam in the primary because he seemed like a solid status quo, pro-business straight shooter, alas Florida likes taking risks like Rick Scott in 2010, who just gave Bill Nelson a six year early retirement.

Suomynona
Suomynona

Weird.

Trump only won the primary because there were ~19 republicans running and all the decent candidates split the vote.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Better inbred than some mongrel with an IQ around the low seventies. Too bad all those Hurricane Maria Puerto Rican “refugees” made absolutely no difference, and neither will the criminals you pinkos restored the right to vote to.

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Miami got it right!!!! #progress

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m curious what will become of the Magic City Casino with dog racing banned. Come on, people. Greyhounds were bred for running!

Anonymous
Anonymous

That just means more dogs will be put to sleep sooner if they can’t find a home for them.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

How exciting!!! I’m an outdoor athlete but not necessarily a full time soccer player or fan. I will be able to play soccer in the park on safe first class soccer fields. Or I can watch a professional soccer team play a few yards away from the public soccer fields. Or I can go watch the professional soccer team play on a giant tv screen in a world class park. Thank you David Beckham for your patience and vision. Thank you for giving me and my kids an exciting world class park to go outside and play different sports away from the computers and video games. Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

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

Soccer people have more balls, as I always say.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Guys remember the stadium deal now needs approval of 4 commissioners. If Gort and Reyes vote no, the project is dead no matter what selfie boy Russell says. Plus Matheson will be a pain in the butt and has the funds to do it to at least postpone groundbreaking until the MLS deadline passes.

I supported MLS coming to Miami, now I hope they never do.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No you didn’t you peace of crap. If you hate soccer hate it, if you love soccer love it. Stop being a two faced jerk.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Stop being an immature child. This deal was NOT about soccer to begin with. It was about Mas getting an office park and mall on city land for cheap rent.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think Trump had something to do with this. IF this site gets developed he has less competition.