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Miami mayor hits back at Beckham stadium critics

Apr 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

Gimenez AP

Showing his support for the proposal, Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez has thrown his support behind David Beckham’s proposal for an MLS stadium in Miami.

Coming under heavy fire, the proposal is vital to Beckham securing his bid for a new MLS franchise.

The biggest opponents of the new deal is the Miami Seaport Alliance who oversee the Miami port, arguing that a massive loss of jobs is at stake.

“Is it doable? Yes,” Gimenez said. “Is there anything there that I believe will hurt the port? At least at this point, no.”

Our partners at wrote on the full story, saying:

PortMiami is Miami-Dade’s second-largest economic engine after tourism, the alliance says, contributing $27 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 207,000 jobs in South Florida. Gimenez said most people he had spoken to were either “neutral or in favor,” of the stadium.

See all of Gimenez’s quotes as well as a full writeup on the situation over at

  1. footballer4ever - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    The Miami Seaport Alliance are just looking for their own greedy interest and not the interest of the city. That part of the port is shallow to be used, yet after being abandoned and unused for anything, now they are making a big deal about the construction of a football stadium. Again, it’s Miami, so it’s not surprising stuff/organizations like that to pop up. In the end, a football stadium to house a MLS football club is essential for an MLS team to attact, keep and grow in the city known as “Gates to the Americas” (Note: For the geographically challenged, America is not only USA, America is the whole continent from the tip of Argentina up to the tip of Alaska)

    • skjln - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Your description is of 2, not 1 continent. Didn’t want to confuse the geographically challenged…

    • lyleoross - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      This story is not this simple. Beyond the fact that there are several sites being looked at, and that all parties, including Beckham’s are looking out for themselves, there are several reasons for, and several reasons against this proposal.

      The City of Miami should to do a needs analysis to determine whether the office construction proposed by those against the stadium is better or worse, and what will act to best help business development and the maintenance of a vibrant waterfront the most.

      • footballer4ever - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Nice point of vew! (Applause)

    • lyleoross - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Oh, and I’m not sure I’d call Miami the “Gates” to anything. Traditionally, New York is considered the gates to the USA, and there is no “Gates” to the Americas. No one (as in bodies) comes through a single port, and then heads out to the rest of the Americas. These days they fly to Canada, the USA, Central America or South America as per their needs. If shipping is your need, well Miami doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of tonnage. The whole thing sounds like Miami marketing to me.

      • footballer4ever - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        At one point, Miami was the gates to the Americas, so that label must have stuck which it makes a good selling line even if that’s not as prominent as it was before.

  2. ndnut - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    He’ll never admit to being “geographically challenged.” Footballer4ever is a eurosnob who prefers to call it one continent of America because it is all one piece. That logic doesn’t apply to Eurasia though. Weirdest part of European culture by far.

    • footballer4ever - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      @ ndnut

      I may be a eurosnob to you. I don’t get offended because I am not what you describe me to be. Nevertheless, in your case, you sure have portrayed yourself to be geographically challenged, if not completely ignorant. No wonder your replies have to do with the America statement, yet nothing to do with football. Go figure! LOL

    • lyleoross - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      He may be a Eurosnob, but it is only American’s who refer to the US as America. The rest of the world, China, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, South America and Canada all think we’re arrogant when we do that. And in that opinion, they are probably correct. On the other hand we don’t have a monopoly on arrogance. It’s sort of a human thing.

      • footballer4ever - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        You sure express your points well and are insightful about discusssing a whole topic or subject unlike others out there. (applause)

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