David Beckham's MLS Stadium Will Likely Be on November Ballot: How Will You Vote?

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Michael E. Miller
Whether David Beckham doubles down on his plan to build a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami or shifts his attention to the boat slip near Museum Park, one thing is increasingly clear: Voters will get their chance to support or scupper the idea.

That means you're the ref. Will you let Becks play on? Or will you give him and his stadium a red card?

Click through to make your call.

Yesterday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county will seek public approval if Beckham sticks with his first-choice location at PortMiami, the Miami Herald reports.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado has said the city will also require a referendum if Beckham settles for his second choice: an underused boat slip just north of AmericanAirlines Arena. Beckham and company would have to fill in the boat slip and use some of Museum Park to build their 25,000-seat stadium.

Either way, Beckham, a British soccer player who has risen from teen idol at Manchester United to one of the world's most recognizable and wealthiest athletes, appears happy to place his fate in the public's hands.

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An Arquitectonica rendition of what Beckham's PortMiami stadium would look like.
All three men -- Beckham, Gimenez, and Regalado -- are keenly aware of public anger over the Marlins stadium debacle.

"I have always said that I want my club to be the 'people's club,'" Beckham said in a statement yesterday. "Together with the people of Miami, I want to build something that will unite and entertain this amazing city for generations to come."

"The ultimate decision to build a stadium in downtown Miami should rest with voters," John Alschulser, Beckham's real-estate adviser, said in another statement.

Although the issue could go on ballots as early as August, it's much more likely that Beckham will have to wait for the November election to learn whether the people of Miami want him to score or be sent off.

Tell us how you would vote.




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52 comments
priscila4
priscila4

Yes Build it at the port. Royal Caribbean is just pissed that they wont be able to use that land and profit from. By the way their cruises sucks. Soccer stadium is exactly what we need. Not like that waste of $900 million they spent on that tunnel that will do nothing but create traffic during, memorial weekend, spring break, and all the other holidays that packs south beach.

Johnny Sterlin
Johnny Sterlin

Build the soccer stadium. It will bring more business to Miami ! Just plan it properly , so traffic does not become an issue...

Nicholas Ali
Nicholas Ali

All you people that vote yes i doubt will go see them but once or twice. Seriously

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

I think a small stadium in the doral area would be ideal.

Fabian Miranda
Fabian Miranda

im for it, just not at the port of miami or anywhere near there, theres enough traffic as it is! not to mention lack of parking

James Kelley
James Kelley

I would vote yes for it. IN the same subject area I will never set a foot into MArlins Park as long as that ownership zoo is in place. ANd I love baseball. jimk

Sid Kaskey
Sid Kaskey

I vote no. Just remember his people are seeking tax rebates.

Trevor Gaffney
Trevor Gaffney

Chris, I seem to remember hearing the same blatant lie before they built the Marlins stadium

alex717
alex717

If the stadium is built at PortMiami, YES!

If the stadium is built next to Museum Park, NO!

Chris Turner
Chris Turner

Remember voters we're not paying one cent for this stadium

Jose Acevedo
Jose Acevedo

What will happen to the jobs lost at the Port of Miami? This stadium is going to take up a lot of space there. Will they be hired by the new stadium? I need more info before I cast my vote. I think a new futbol stadium would be great for the City, but not at the expense of the people currently employed at the site.

Rose Lehmann
Rose Lehmann

The only thing I'm voting for is medical marijuana lol

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

Why not see if this city will support a team, much less see if it will be any good, before giving it a brand new stadium?

Danny Martinez
Danny Martinez

I'm sure tax payer money would be needed to fund this project which I would disapprove of

Dion De Freitas
Dion De Freitas

That's why they can't play soccer at Dolphins stadium..... too big.

Dion De Freitas
Dion De Freitas

Soccer stadiums in the US need to be "small and intimate". When soccer is played in fooball stadiums they look empty. Empty is not good for business.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Another sports stadium in Miami? Let's see....first year novelty will result in good ticket sales. Unless they win whatever championship there is I'm soccer, it will be empty house the following season. Next!

Matty Wheelz
Matty Wheelz

Yes good point! Why can't they Play at Dolphins Stadium ?!

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Tax cuts, subsidies, pols get their cut under the table... Yup, still Miami!!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

You say yes to this shy but no to rebuilding dolphins stadium so we keep getting Super Bowls? Wow Miami is stupider then I thought. Just renew the stadium and play the games there. This is a waste.

AlEGator
AlEGator

Who will actually go to any games?


That's what I don't get...


Strikers never drew more then a few thousand a game.


why is this time different?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Gotta love these silly Internet polls that can be skewed by gathering a whole bunch of Internet supporters - such as intermiamifc's efforts on Twitter.

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

South Beach is a flooding-sinking island.  The county will need replacement revenue or die.  Is this their master plan? 

intermiamifc
intermiamifc

PortMiami really provides the best opportunity to get the most out of this. It's a location that creates even more synergy downtown and helps further develop a S.M.A.R.T. District of Sports, Museums, Arts, Restaurants, and Tourism, while preserving and creating green space. It is also desirable in that it creates a venue at PortMiami that is attractive, with green space, shopping, restaurants, hotel/meeting space, and other revenue generating amenities for not only locals (even the ones working at PortMiami), but many throughout the region, country, and world to get excited about paying for. And this will benefit, not hurt, the cruise industry, as many cruising visitors coming through Miami will embrace the idea of practically walking to the stadium and other facilities to see Miami's and David Beckham's team play, as well as be a part of the overall experience offered at the site. Traffic has been mentioned, of course as a concern, but so far there has not been one piece of hard evidence to support that concern. Also, a recent article pointed out the many inaccuracies that are trying to be pandered to the people of Miami-Dade by a few whose tunnel-vision approach doesn't allow them to either recognize or admit that the stadium at PortMiami can actually help many more than not having that project there. They are convinced that most Miamians are not smart enough to realize that either (see article below). 


"Unbelievable." How the @SeaportAlliance thinks they can fool you about the impact of a stadium at PortMiami.... http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/13/4115439/will-soccer-stadium-threaten-existing.html#storylink=cpy


How will having Major League Soccer (MLS) and David Beckham in Miami, Florida, benefit not just the development of a S.M.A.R.T. Downtown District of Sports, Museums, Arts, Restaurants, and Tourism, but the Greater Miami-Dade Community and beyond?


Already a world-wide favorite sport, there are over 20 million youth in the United States today actively participating in soccer, with a 10-12 percent annual growth rate. Florida is in the top ten states due to its number of youth players. 


Sports and recreation activities provide a $32 billion annual economic impact to Florida’s economy, according to an “Economic Impact of Sports and Recreation Activities in Florida Survey,” prepared by the Washington Economics Group, Inc. and commissioned by the Florida Sports Foundation, the official sports promotion and development organization of the State of Florida.


Along with the economic benefits of investing in soccer for the Miami community, which both MLS and David Beckham have proved that they will do, the physical and mental health benefits of playing soccer, including the battle against childhood obesity championed by First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" program, can be added to the list of reasons why Miamians should embrace David Beckham's desire to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, Florida.


Here are existing community outreach and samples of other philanthropic ventures that evidence how MLS, David Beckham, and soccer have ended up benefiting many... 


MLS's community outreach:


1. http://www.mlssoccer.com/mlsworks/community-service-program


2. http://www.mlssoccer.com/sueno


3. http://www.mlsfutbolito.com/


4. Grassroots Partners: America Scores; American Youth Soccer Organization; National Soccer Coaches Association of America; Say Soccer; US Club Soccer; US Youth Soccer


David Beckham has supported the following charities:


CHOC Children's

Comic Relief

Elton John AIDS Foundation

FC Harlem

Help for Heroes

Malaria No More

mothers2mothers

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Peace One Day

Prince's Trust

Raising Malawi

Red Cross

Sport Relief

UNICEF

Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust

WildAid


And here is a prime example of Beckham working with Major League Soccer, U.S. Soccer, the City of Los Angeles and others to bring proper playing surfaces to the soccer players of all levels and backgrounds in a community he once was a major part of: http://www.fieldturf.com/es/artificial-turf/artificial-turf-news/beckham-and-zidane-kickoff-the-footprint-fields-program


Do you want the youth of our community to enjoy the benefits of having these positive influences in their lives, helping provide them opportunities on and far beyond the soccer pitch?


OF COURSE YOU DO.


Contact your Commissioners today (using the link below), as the opportunity to have such a positive contribution to our community will not be available for much longer, and let them know that they need to support MLS in Miami, David Beckham, GoalMiami, Southern Legion MLS Supporters Group, and Your Community!


http://southernlegionmls.com/the-one-thing-you-need-to-do-to-get-david-beckhams-mls-team-in-miami/


Yes we can and should, Miami. And rather quickly. This window of unique opportunity won't stay open too much longer. http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/13/4115144/answer-to-david-beckham-should.html … Vote in the recently published poll, to let everyone know, YOU SUPPORT MLS, BECKHAM, SOCCER, OUR YOUTH, AND MIAMI NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE!


http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/05/david_beckhams_mls_stadium_wil.php#pd_a_8049483


MLS in Miami? A stadium at PortMiami? "Impossible," you say? For Beckham and Miami, "IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O01MdFD-x3Q

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

The Guy who runs the Southern Legion MLS Supporters Group

is pushing his followers to this page to vote on the poll to skew the results.

     I have confronted him many times to come clean on the fact that he doesn't even live in Miami-Dade County and so it is wrong for him to demand that others pay to support the object of his man-crush.

    He has refused of course.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

I don't care where they build it.

To me they are like any other business.


I am 100% against even one cent of my Tax Dollars going to this business.  Including that horrible Sales Tax subsidy.


Let them Buy the land on the free market, Build it with their own money and run the team with the proceeds generated by the team.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power the infrastructure Is falling apart and the schools are in decline with overcrowding and not enough quality teachers no after school programs no firemen,  no policemen, no health programs for the poor. also the cites  are always going to be in debt. this thing do make money.

it time for more recalls /jail time

Welcome to the American dream--
a billionaire using public funds
to construct
a private playground
for the rich and powerful.

random25
random25

@AlEGator  


Strikers were trailblazers, much respect to them.


Today, in US and much more so in Miami, soccer is a household name, out kids play it, out restaurants play televised games, our Community is World Cup crazy and Beckham maniac.


The soccer Gods bring 70K people to sell out Sunlight Stadium.


If Becks and his people play it right, bring star power to the team and a beautiful stadium with surrounding amenities,  they will fill a 25K stadium

random25
random25

@HarryTheHandyman  


it is an open forum


"For "and "against"  have the same opportunity to shine


The indifferent ones, well..

UncleEd
UncleEd

@Anthonyvop1  The leader of the Southern Legion lives in the Doral area. You are talking to the wrong person. 

MLSforDowntownMiami
MLSforDowntownMiami

@Anthonyvop1  I live a 20 minute walk from this stadium. If you are talking about some of our members from the Ultras in Broward - they do not control our page. SL leaders come from all over Miami-Dade County but none are in Broward; all of us support Beckham's MLS team coming to Downtown Miami. 


Who are you talking about? Also, note that some of the formidable women in our leadership might take offense to your other assumptions.

random25
random25

@Anthonyvop1  it is an open forum


"For "and "against"  have the same opportunity to shine


The indifferent ones, well..


tcikowski
tcikowski

@Anthonyvop1  I live in Miami. I support Beckham's stadium like most people in Dade too. 

random25
random25

@Anthonyvop1  

Beckham is "using his own money" and will "run the team with the proceeds generated by the team" 

where do you read differently? 



MLSforDowntownMiami
MLSforDowntownMiami

@DRAKEMALLARD.0  The only billionaire with a sweetheart deal threatening to leave is Royal Caribbean. MLS would pay much more for the ability to develop 1% of the total port property. FYI.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@MLSforDowntownMiami @Anthonyvop1


That is not true.  The Internet is a useful tool.  Not that Lauderhill isn't a nice town but you don't pay taxes in Miami-Dade County.


Go away carpetbagger.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@tcikowski @Anthonyvop1Like most people?  Sure.


Most people want out Tax dollars so those millionaires can make more money.


I bet you think most people wanted their tax Dollars going to building the Marlins Stadium and remodeling Joe Robbie Stadium as well

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@random25 @Anthonyvop1 

First off both of the parcels of land being discussed will be "Rented" by the Government to the team not at the free market value of the land.

2nd They have made it quite clear they will use the sport's stadium sales tax subsidy.  To put it simply We pay sales tax.....They don't.


3rd Notice how nobody is talking about parking?  Transportation? Traffic control? Security?  

Who do you think will foot the bill?


The low information voters got hosed by the Heat.  They got hosed by the Marlins.  If it wasn't for Norman Brahman we would have been hosed by the Dolphins


Don't get hosed.

od315211
od315211

@MLSforDowntownMiami @DRAKEMALLARD.0  Royal Caribbean supports a thriving industry which welcomes hundreds of thousands tourists to Miami each year, driving business to the airports and local hotels. Can you honestly say a 17-game soccer season will do the same? Can you truly even begin to compare what Royal Caribbean does for this city to what this team will do?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@random25 @Anthonyvop1@tcikowski 

The land will be rented to the Soccer team in a sweetheart deal........Costing us Tax Dollars.

    The Soccer team will receive a Sales tax Subsidy costing us Tax dollars.

     Security will cost us Tax Dollars.  Traffic will cost us Tax Dollars.

     The Special election because our commissioners have no balls will cost us Tax Dollars.


Shall I go on?

random25
random25

@Anthonyvop1 @random25  


Hi Anthony


Beckham will rent the land at fair market price. The same price that you or me will pay if we wanted to build something there. It is getting appraised by an independent entity  and the county appraiser. I am sure he would negotiate a deal, as you would. It is up to us, the Community, to make sure that this time we get a good deal. So far this looks OK. 


On Tax subsidy, it is my understanding that they will pay sales tax, but they can APPLY for a rebate on a portion of the same sales taxes they generate with the office of Economic Development. It is a competitive  process and they will be asking for a partial rebate on sales taxes that would otherwise not exist, because the stadium attendants will produce it. They are not asking for a piece of our property taxes monies. 


The franchise is looking at the downtown areas because there is existing parking, they will not build more. They are also intend to maximize utilization of our underused public transportation which  is already available. 


I have not read anything about the plans for security and traffic control



nativemiamiandrew
nativemiamiandrew

@od315211 @MLSforDowntownMiami @DRAKEMALLARD.0  

Royal Caribbean does not support a thriving industry in Miami they support a thriving industry in Fort Lauderdale.  They have moved all of their ships to Port Everglades including the Celebrity Cruise Line ships and leaving only one ship at the Port of Miami and it is their smallest ship.  Royal Caribbean does not pay fair market rent for the use of the same land we are talking about, they pay below market rent for it and use it as an employee parking lot.  Royal Caribbean would like to build a non port related building on the same site a (a hotel) and will only do it paying the same below market rate they already pay. Our port is in debt 1 billion dollars partially because Royal Caribbean left for a sweeter deal at Port Everglades paid for by Broward County taxpayers. As a result they actually want people to fly into Fort Lauderdale rather than Miami….so I ask you….how is Royal Caribbean supporting Miami Dade County? Oh and don't forget their ships are all registered outside of the country to avoid paying US taxes.


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