The Miami Herald reports that elected officials, including the mayors of Homestead, Coral Gables and North Miami Beach, co-signed a letter from the Miami Seaport Alliance saying a PortMiami stadium will hurt jobs, reduce security and impede cruise and cargo operations.
“We believe united, we can help quash this terrible idea of a stadium at PortMiami, a maritime industrial port and a major economic driver of our community,” according to a letter issued by Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, written on behalf of the Seaport Alliance.
MacDougal, currently running in South Miami-Dade for Congress as a Republican, spearheaded a similar effort last year against the short-lived Miami Dolphin stadium renovation plans where a part of the funds would be paid by taxpayers.
The discussion this time is over what would be the best use for PortMiami’s southwest corner, a section too shallow for cruise or cargo ships. Previously, there were plans to develop it into a massive office and commercial complex, but that also faced resistance from several Miami interests arguing the land of the county-owned port would pose unfair completion with the mainland.
Beckham and his group are currently negotiating with the administration of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez over a planned port site.
Both the retired English soccer star and the mayor tell the Herald that, without any specifics, it is too soon to either support or oppose the idea. On Wednesday, both sides will debate the issue at an event hosted by the Downtown Bay Forum.