Miami Commissioners Working On Language For MLS Ballot

Miami commissioners are meeting Monday to discuss the wording for a ballot measure this November to let voters decide whether a group led by soccer superstar David Beckham will be able to turn a long time golf course into the site of a future MLS stadium and multi-use complex.

Commissioners voted in July to approve putting the measure on the upcoming ballot by a 3-2 vote.

City officials, including Mayor Francis Suarez, have been vocal in their support of a plan by the Beckham group to lease the land currently housing the Melreese Country Club located near Miami International Airport.

The 99-year lease would allow Beckham and businessman Jorge Mas to build a massive complex that would include a 28,000 seat stadium for a future Major League Soccer franchise, as well as youth soccer fields and spaces for retail shops, hotels and offices.

The proposed stadium is being opposed by members of the community who participate in the First Tee program based out of the course, which has been in operation since the 1940s.

The search for a soccer home for the future franchise has been years in the making – with past sites near Marlins Park, PortMiami and the AmericanAirlines Arena all not working out for a variety of reasons.


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