David Beckhan is worth $300 million and his partner Simon Cowell's net worth is $400 million. They say they will fund the stadium but they want a tax rebate from the State and they want the land donated:
“We don’t want public funding. We will fund the stadium ourselves,” Beckham said to applause.With the budget short I don't think we can afford to GIVE AWAY ANYTHING. David: "You can't always get you want." He is shamelessly using his celebrity to woo our stupid County Government something librarians and nurses couldn't do.
Fund the construction, perhaps, but the tract of land at the seaport is owned by the county. The Miami Beckham United investment group is seeking a deal with Gimenez’s administration to build on the property.
Gimenez needs to find $42 million to balance the $4.4 billion operating budget. This land woud go a long way towards that end. Some say this is the most valuable land in the County. I wrote about this February 4th. I think this is a bad location. What if we need to expand the port?
Stephen Ross is still trying to get public money for refurbishing his Sun Life Stadium and the Miami Heat want to continue the profit sharing deal we made for free land (with billionaire Micky Arison) that gets us NO MONEY. No matter how you frame it: Stadium funding will end careers. Ask former Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Carlos Gimenez: Do you want to get reelected, treat these people like you treat your union workers and your librarians.