Is it time for David Beckham
hand in his option to purchase an MLS team? That's one of the choices he'll
have to consider after the latest setback in his bid to win support for a site to build a soccer stadium in Miami. After dropping Plan A, a bayfront location near PortMiami, Beckham's group turned its
attention to Plan B, another downtown location that Miami's two mayors said three weeks ago were "a perfect match." Or so they claimed.
On Tuesday, Miami mayor Tomas Regalado
pulled the plug on the proposal to fill in a boat slip to create land for a stadium and pedestrian walkway along Biscayne Bay, between Museum Park and
AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the NBA's Miami Heat.
The proposal would have required voter approval -- and early polling showed
that Miami citizens were split with voters 65 and older, more likely to vote in mid-term elections, opposed by a margin of
60-24 -- but Regalado's swift about-face, in the face of opposition from residents, is a shocking development.
“Our team’s going to pause,” John Alschuler,
Beckham’s real-estate adviser, told
the Miami Herald.
“They’re going to consider all alternatives and look forward to constructive engagement.”
While there was a difference in numbers in terms of how much Miami Beckham
United would pay the city of Miami in rent, that became a moot point as neighboring condo owners protested the plans to fill in the slip.
Regalado apparently listened.