What They're Saying: Miami-Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez

“How long are we going to negotiate for the use of that [county-owned land] before we decide that maybe that ought to be made available for some affordable housing? Are we going to wait for these folks forever before we use that property for something more?”

-- Miami-Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez, asked during a meeting of the county’s Housing and Social Services committee and losing his patience with David Beckham's plan for a soccer stadium on a three-acre vehicle depot of county-owned land. (MLS has decided to go with only 23 teams in 2018 because of the Miami delays.) (Miami Herald)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Miami-Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez".
  1. Quarterback TD, March 14, 2017 at 9:10 a.m.

    Suarez needs to be patient especially with sports deals.. Some incredible deals can fall apart like building the JETS stadium on the East Side of Manhattan and others can take decades like moving NETS from Continental Arena to Brooklyn.. if that deal is rush and simple things such as getting fans to the games is not adaquated the team will go bankrupt..Florida is a sports Mecca but location and accessibility are critical for a team survival..

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now, March 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

    Miami is arguably the worst sports town in America. The Heat with LeBron, Wade and Bosh couldn't even sell out most nights and their fans left in droves before Ray Allen hit that famous shot in the 2013 finals. I have no idea why MLS thinks it will be any different for soccer. Even if this stadium is built, it will be half empty for most games. Meanwhile, markets that would avidly support a team go without one.

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