|Will he wear the Miami Dade school uniform?|
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has reportedly told David Beckham's representatives that he will not object to Miami partnering with the school system to build a soccer stadium, despite the obvious political play his camp sees for the mayor's 2016 opponent: Raquel Regalado, a school board member and daughter of Miami's mayor.This gives school kids all sorts of advantages. They get to use the stadium for their events and they are putting in a track for them. The School Board is not paying money. School Superintendent Carvalho is negotiating other details. I guess the kids will be walking billboards for the stadium with T Shirts etc. Are they going to buy uniforms for our kids?
In a private meeting with soccer negotiators Monday, Gimenez was told of the potential deal, which would have Miami-Dade's school system own the stadium. Until then, the plan was for Miami-Dade itself to own the stadium in order to spare Beckham from having to pay property taxes.
Major League Soccer wanted Beckham's to do a REAL educational component at the stadium. That is how the School Board got involved. The School Board now spend over $300,000 rent a year for hosting events and graduations at other venues. The school board will be able to stage them at the stadium and televise school events such as battle of the bands. Carvalho also wants a magnet school on the site paid for by the Soccer franchise. The school board admits they get nothing from the other stadiums and teams because of deals they didn't make.
Beckham United is going to pay to build it but the School Board will own the stadium so they can make it tax exempt. The County agreed it would be tax exempt early on so the School Board lost that revenue because of the County. They make no revenue from any of the stadiums, and they wish they had a say in that but they don't. The question remaining was would it be tax exempt by the School Board or The County. The School Board opted to take it on to at least get the rental savings for large events (could total half a million at least).
The soccer franchise Fusion didn't succeed because it had no fan base. That is why Major League Soccer wants this educational partnership. It will help with the fan base and create good vibes in the community for the franchise. It is a win for our students. The Miami Heat pays lip service to our school kids, having a team member paying a visit once in awhile to a school. This one is a real partnership where the schools will have USE of the building.
The Miami Herald wrote about this today, they said a city referendum is going to take place.