|I don't care how good you look in your underwear, we aren't paying!!! We already paid for that crappy baseball stadium. We are done|
|Proposed site of stadium.|
This is a bad idea on several fronts:
The port needs revenue clearly the group proposing the stadium will want a lower than market rate land lease -- or worse -- FREE LAND. It is not the highest and best use of this land which would have and should have a more commercial utilization to maximize potential revenue to the port.
The recent downgrading of the port bonds underscores the fact that they need to look at maximizing revenue not utilizing land in this manner.
Public-sector just spent over $1 billion building the port tunnel for the most part to lessen impact of traffic this will only exacerbate the traffic going in and out of the port. I assume most of the games will be played on weekends the very time when thousands of people will also be trying to access the port to get on cruise ships. Parking also will become problematic as people try to access both the soccer games and parking for cruises. If parking and traffic congestion becomes too much of a problem along with accessing the port for cruises -- it's very easy for the cruise lines to redeployed their ships to other ports north of the port of Miami ..therefore losing revenue as opposed to maximizing revenue.
Now add to the stadium and the cruise traffic two new museums ..a potential Genting casino ..alongside potential events at the performing arts Center,the American Airlines Arena and Bayfront Park and you have a traffic/parking cataclysm -- maybe the first in the world.
Did I mention we weren't paying for it David? Beckham, my advice to you, take it to Broward...although an autographed shirt would go a long way with my nephew Michael (another soccer superstar) and might convince me to not write about it -- are you listening lobbyists.
Gimleteye loves soccer, I see a fight on my hands.