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Voters likely to decide fate of Beckham stadium

Mayors of Miami, Miami-Dade indicate desire to hold referendums later this year

May 15, 2014 10:30AM

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Proposed soccer stadium rendering (via Arquitectonica, 360 Architecture and Visual House)

Proposed soccer stadium rendering (via Arquitectonica, 360 Architecture and Visual House)

David Beckham’s effort to bring Major League Soccer to Miami is approaching the one-year mark, and the latest development with the campaign suggests a resolution could still be six months away.

The mayors of the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County both say voter referendums would be likely if Beckham’s investment group targets stadium sites in their jurisdiction. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado definitely plans to have a referendum if the group opts to fill the city-owned Florida East Coast Railway slip along Biscayne Boulevard and build a stadium there.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is also leaning towards letting voters decide on a stadium at PortMiami – if Beckham’s team prefers that site.

“I know that there are a lot of commissioners that would like that,” Gimenez told the Miami Herald. “I think that, at the end, the people’s voice should be heard.”

The earliest a public vote could be held is this August, but November is a more realistic possibility. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis

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