With Politicians' Help, Marlins Are Screwing Stadium Neighbors

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Alex Izaguirre
Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke rips commissioners for the looming parking and traffic problems at the Miami Marlins ballpark.

With the Marlins 16 days away from opening their new home, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are still finding ways to screw over taxpayers and residents while team owner Jeffrey Loria laughs all the way to the bank. A couple of weeks ago, Loria's arrogant stepson, Marlins president David Samson, was caught on camera admitting to the Beacon Council what we already knew: Greed is what motivates him and his Daddy Warbucks.

But Sampson was right when he said that "the people who are running for office around the country really are not the cream of the intellectual crop."

If Miami city and county commissioners had any common sense, they would have put the stadium on the site of the old Miami Arena. That was the most logical location for a ballpark. It would have been easily accessible by Metrorail and there's plenty of parking in the area.I recently took a tour of the stadium. It looks like they put the Taj Mahal in Little Havana, but it is an architectural wonder that belongs in downtown Miami.

County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro and City Commissioner Frank Carollo haven't done a damn thing to help their constituents, who didn't ask to live right next to a 37,000-seat baseball stadium. Over the past couple of weeks, the poor residents who live around the stadium have gotten a taste of how horrible the traffic and parking will be during the 82 Marlins home games.

Barreiro and Carollo, whose districts include the $500 million stadium paid for by taxpayers, should be ashamed of themselves. How can they allow the Miami Parking Authority to suddenly start handing out $50 tickets to the residents who have no choice but to park on the streets? By abusing the ballpark's neighbors, the city and the county are trying to make back some of the money they gave away to the Marlins.

Barreiro and Carollo need to protect their constituents. How hard is it to hand out parking stickers to the people who can prove they live next to the stadium? The Miami Parking Authority should have begun issuing decals months ago instead of waiting until last week, after residents complained. Let's face it: The trollies shuttling fans from the Metrorail and off-site parking lots are just a Band-Aid.

Those poor residents will see more cars in one season of baseball than they saw during all the football games in the history of the Orange Bowl.

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Residents are screwed
Residents are screwed

Tomas Regalado and Art Noriega the overpaid head of the Miami parking ticket agency are taking street parking and street access away from the residents. The Marlins do not pay rent. County taxpayers pay the Marlins rent.

$3 BILLION diverted.

blahblah29
blahblah29

You have some nerve UNCLE LUKE.  The very guy you endorsed for Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Robaina (who lost :) stood before the County and City Commission and testified what a great idea and investment the stadium would be for our community and workforce, blah, blah, blah...  Dave Samson was correct when he referred to people being stupid in this town and was mainly referring to you!

seep
seep

"how horrible the traffic and parking will be during the 82 Marlins home games "

81 home games

seep
seep

You wusses should experience NYC if you want to talk about congestion and crappy parking situations.  Miami is a metropolis, not a wilderness.

Ever been to Wrigley Field?  Right smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood, with not a single parking structure on site.  Wrigleyville has grown around Wrigley, and Little Havana will follow suit.

Miami desperately needs RAIL!

TREY O FIVE
TREY O FIVE

Business as usual in Miami-Dade. Our politicians are only good for handing out Toys and Turkeys and cutting ribbons. What else have they done for their constituents?

Hytyo
Hytyo

You are an idiot. Speak in facts not bs spicy boy

LukeisafuckheD
LukeisafuckheD

So true. Uncle Luke as a role model omfg how hilarious. If it was to him we would have parking attendants in daisy dukes and throwing that D. Please like st fu already. You are a disgrace.

Lukeizhater
Lukeizhater

So true. Miami whiners like sorta lot Luke just want some headlines. Go to the game then start tour whining. Hey Luke have you been to a game or just complaining? Yeah that's what I thought.

Chicagoan
Chicagoan

Seep, I am a chicagoan and this is what Luke is talking about.  Wrigley, in part due to the city and the relatively expensive neighborhood it is in has zoned parking near the stadium.  There are a few lots if you drive but residents are never inconvenienced because you have to have a resident permit to park anywhere near the stadium.  

Wrigley was around forever and sure the bars, restaurants, etc.. arrived over time, but that strip of clark ave was always a business district.  The surrounding streets were residential and still are but there was commercial space in that neighborhood long long ago.

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