People Still Hate Marlins Park So Much It's Being Used to Smear a Commission Candidate

Categories: Politicks

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Courtesy of Levine Cava campaign
More than five years after Miami-Dade County commissioners approved taxpayer funding for Marlins Park, the stadium is still so unpopular it's inspiring political attack ads.

Earlier this month, Miami-Dade residents began receiving colorful flyers plastered with images of the stadium and the smiling face of District 8 commission candidate Daniella Levine Cava, a former activist who was actually adamantly against the stadium.

Back when the stadium deal was being hashed out in the county commission, a policy director for Catalyst Miami -- an organization Levine Cava founded and ran -- spoke against the deal and called it "a feat of ingenuity and creativity."

She says the current ads, funded by a Tampa political action committee, take her former staffer's comment out of context.

"I think they're desperate," Levine Cava said of her opponent's campaign. "And I think they need to try to find something that will resonate with the voters."

On one side of the flyer was the message, superimposed over a photo of a night game at the park: "THANKS FOR DELIVERING MARLINS STADIUM." On the other was an explanation. "Back in 2009, when it appeared the County Commission might oppose the new baseball stadium, Daniella Levine Cava stood up and made sure the funding was approved... Clearly, the stadium's $634 million pricetag is a small price to pay for this jewel of our community." The flyer then instructs the recipient to call Levine Cava and thank her for "helping us get our baseball stadium."

Levine Cava, a first-time candidate with an activist background, is running in an attempt to oust Lynda Bell, commissioner of the district since 2010. The race has become bitter and, according to the Miami Herald, likely the most expensive in county history. In addition to the sarcastic stadium flyers, a video also surfaced attacking Levine Cava for supporting the stadium.

"The whole thing was designed to confuse," Levine Cava says. "It's so destructive of our democratic process."

The Bell campaign did not respond to messages left by Riptide. Miami-Dade Commission elections are next Tuesday.

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Sharif Elokobi Slimting
Sharif Elokobi Slimting

I read it and I'm still confused: "Back when the stadium deal was being hashed out in the county commission, a policy director for Catalyst Miami -- an organization Levine Cava founded and ran -- spoke against the deal and called it "a feat of ingenuity and creativity."

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Daniel N Glynn
Daniel N Glynn

I know Daniella and she's one of the most amazing human beings on this planet and a very smart woman. It's horrid to use such false immature tactics like this. That person doing these flyers obviously is the wrong choice and needs to be educated on right from wrong.

Maggie Fernandez
Maggie Fernandez

I don't understand what this has to do with Daniella Levine Cava? It's crazy ridiculous!

Monica Matteo-Salinas
Monica Matteo-Salinas

I hope people are actually reading the article, since the article states that Daniella Levine Cava did NOT advocate for the stadium, and in fact she spoke out against it. Just another shameful political tactic of her opponent. Read, people.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

In any other progressive thinking society, every single politician who lobbied for this eyesore, would've been kicked out of office and led to the guillotine right in front of the "Mie'da Fountain".

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Over time it may increase tourism which will pay the tax payer back for their investment. Until then enjoy it.

Sharif Elokobi Slimting
Sharif Elokobi Slimting

Yep Marco, it's big, ugly, and costing the taxpayers around a juicy billion. And the team is owned by millionaires or billionaires. What's not to hate. Did I mention it's really ugly?

Sharif Elokobi Slimting
Sharif Elokobi Slimting

The concept was that it was supposed to regenerate the area. The only financial benefit comes on game day when a handful of local residents rent out their driveways for 10 bucks a pop. Huge, expensive white elephant. Anyone involved in railroading us into this deal should certainly not be in office and preferably run out of town.

Tom Koyzis
Tom Koyzis

I love it!! Great place to watch a game!

Jorge Castillo
Jorge Castillo

Seriously... Its there. Its beautiful. Enjoy it. Better spent there than in these politicians pockets 'cause they weren't building any new libraries with that cash.

Maggie Diaz-Vera
Maggie Diaz-Vera

I honestly think it's a beautiful ballpark. Maybe people would be less angry about the situation if all those unused offices where used as a community space?

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

People need to get over it. Unless they have a plan for taking it down it's not going anywhere

Steve Atlas
Steve Atlas

I see it from the window where I work, so I get to hate it at least twice a day.

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DontGiveAwayWaterfro

Lynda Bell is a scumbag, for number of things, such as promoting her daughter's fencing business.   Follow the EyeOnMiami Blog, they have her nailed as the liar she is.

FourHundredMillion
FourHundredMillion

The truth is Lynda Bell just voted to give away Parcel B, the 4 acre waterfront site.  Bell asked for no bids.  She just voted to give it away.  Site might have gone for $400 Million.

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Levine Cava is a liar and a cheat.   She is on the ballot because of fraud.

el_barbero
el_barbero

What the fuck, politics have become smear campaigns. It's no longer "Vote for me, i will improve\change\fix such and such" it's "Vote for me because look at what this person I am running against did, never mind what I stand for what matters is that I'm not the other candidate" fucking pathetic shit, all these assholes want the same shit money and power with no term limits. 

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