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