In a strategic shift keeping alive the media storm, the Beckham soccer group is backing off from the Port of Miami site to the boat slip next to the Miami Heat Arena -- a development that has yielded practically no fiscal benefit to Miami-Dade taxpayers at all.
Now readers, we are to understand the new preferred location for a professional soccer stadium will not diminish in any way the spectacular investment in an art museum by one of the world's leading architects next door.
Blocking the view of voters is what Miami elected officials do best. Am I being too pedantic?
Just look at Pepe Diaz, the uncontested county commissioner from West Dade, who has an agenda item today at the county commission (Item 3B2) for two "confidential projects" called "Gemini" needing a few hundred thou for which there is no description because they are presumably "top secret".
RESOLUTION APPROVING CONFIDENTIAL PROJECT GEMINI AS A TARGETED JOBS INCENTIVE FUND PROGRAM BUSINESS PURSUANT TO THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE LXXXVI, AS MODIFIED BY ORDINANCE NO. 11-08; CONFIRMING THAT THE COMMITMENT OF INCENTIVE AWARDS FOR CONFIDENTIAL PROJECT GEMINI EXISTS; PROVIDING AN APPROPRIATION OF UP TO $269,688.00 FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEARS 2015 THROUGH 2025 WITH THE PROVISION THAT ANY TAX INCENTIVE GRANTED TO CONFIDENTIAL PROJECT GEMINI UNDER FLORIDA STATUTE 196.1995 REDUCES ANY TARGETED JOBS INCENTIVE FUNDS AWARD TO CONFIDENTIAL PROJECT GEMINI BY THE AMOUNT OF ANY SUCH TAX ABATEMENT GRANTED; AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO MAKE NON-SUBSTANTIVE MODIFICATIONS OR TO MODIFY THE JOB CREATION AND DISBURSEMENT DATES TIMELINE, AND TO EXECUTE ALL CONTRACTS, AGREEMENTS AND AMENDMENTS, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE(Regulatory and Economic Resources)
To boring or verbose? LOLZ.
The traffic cluster@#k resulting from the proposed stadium site is, apparently, of no concern to Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez who boosted the idea to Beckham to get powerful cruise ship executives off his back.
Nor is there any mention that the only way to fill the 25 acre parcel and compact it so the foundation will hold is to excavate more Everglades wetlands, then use the same roadway for thousands of truck hauler trips to haul limestone -- that will have to be thoroughly washed with fresh water -- to Biscayne Boulevard which was why we built a $900 million port tunnel in the first place.
At least the rock miners in West Dade and lawyers will be happy.