|FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL|
This story is so complicated you might have to read the damn Miami Herald too. Here is how I understand it.
The Mayor's race is getting very dirty. So dirty, they dusted off Lynda Bell for some of the dirty work again.
That school board soccer stadium idea with David Beckham -- sounds like Norman Braman was behind the cost of the polling -- got good numbers in a poll. Soccer, reflects well with Hispanics, who for some unknown reason like this very low scoring sport. I can't watch it for more than 30 seconds. Anyway, that is besides the point.
Nelson Diaz, the local Republican Chairman (a lobbyist for Southern Strategies who has raised boatloads of money for Diaz) is now rocking the boat on the long running Soccer deal.
There wasn't a peep out of him for the years that Gimenez was talking to Beckhams, agreeing to give the stadium the tax deal that other stadiums get. Now that the School Board is involved, instead of the County, he thinks it is a bad idea to get involved with stadiums and is lobbying -- in the name of the Republican Party -- against the School Board Soccer deal. Very convenient. On the heels of his distaste for the deal, Lynda Bell has surfaced. She wrote a letter to all the school board members trashing the idea. Trash talk is Lynda Bell's forte. Lynda Bell threatened that she might organize a group in opposition to the deal. You all know that this is all directed at Raquel Regalado, trying to make her look bad.
Anyway, now the land that Beckham and friends were buying around the old Orange Bowl, has suddenly got more expensive. I wonder who is behind that? This story is far from over.
|74% support the Stadium - School Board Partnership. The Stadium is proposed to be built in Regalado's District.|
Miami-Dade voters are generally split on David Beckham building a stadium next to Marlins Park, but overwhelmingly support the idea once told the school system will be a partner in the project, according to a private poll.
The school system came late to the deal, with Beckham previously on track to have Miami-Dade County be the owner of the stadium for tax purposes. The Beckham team switched in recent weeks to the school system.
The move raised eyebrows since Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado's daughter, Raquel Regalado, is the school board member whose district includes the soccer site and she is challenging Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in the 2016 mayoral election. People close to the Beckham side said the school board's reputation for acquiescing to county schools chief Alberto Carvalho was more appealing than the fractious 13-member County Commission.