The Real Deal Miami

Protestors say few local contractors have been hired for new Marlins Stadium project

November 19, 2009 05:23PM

Hundreds of construction workers and contractors staged a protest Tuesday outside the site of the new Florida Marlins stadium, which recently broke ground in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, the Miami Herald reported. The stadium was once welcomed as a beacon of hope for the area’s small businesses and contractors who are already short on jobs, but protestors said the Marlins were not hiring enough local firms for the project. The team said they’re not only complying with the government’s requirements, but are also exceeding them in terms of local firms’ participation. The stadium is on budget and is slated to open in 2012 as planned, a Marlins representative said.