On Tuesday the County Commission eliminated from contention the Port of Miami publicly owned site for a soccer stadium. This came about during a discussion for the future of Port development. Now it remains to get rid of the "stupider" site.
Both the County Government of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami seem to be living up to their reputations of being barely competent and self-aggrandizement, with incidents of corruption.
In the "Miami Herald" this morning was a headline "Boat slip top soccer choice" which went on to state that the retired British soccer player and his local business partners had finally got the message from the Miami Seaport Alliance that a soccer stadium at a seaport was idiotic and not going to happen. Now we have to remove them from this latest choice which will mean filling in a "boat slip" which is actually a berth for visiting naval vessels and overflow cruise ships. (see the map attached). To accomplish building the soccer stadium would mean taking part of the Bicentennial Public Park alongside. This same Park has just in recent years been restored for Public use after decades of misuse, now it seems it is to be torn up again all because of brushing this Brits ego. The end result of all this will be a smaller MLS stadium at greater expense due to the huge cost of filling the ship berths - this cost is currently unclear. The amazing thing about all this is that there are sites all over the County used for soccer which would only require building facilities for professional teams but one has to suppose this would mean that "consulting commissions" and "construction contracts" the usual perks for friends of local government would not be very lucrative.
To NAUTICAL LOG even after living here for some forty-eight years this is mind boggling, but fortunately all is not lost as usage of this site will require a referendum of public approval for private use.