What They're Saying: Francis Suarez

"There’s no indication that anyone’s been exposed to any harmful chemicals. But based on the new information that we received on the toxicity levels yesterday, it’s imperative for the safety of our residents to immediately review the findings that we have seen to determine whether, for the health and safety of our residents, the park should remain opened or closed.”

-- Miami mayor Francis Suarez, a vocal supporter of plans by Inter Miami, MLS's 2020 expansion team, to build a soccer stadium as its long-term home as part of a proposed $1 billion development at Melreese golf course. Miami’s only city-owned golf course was closed on Tuesday because an environmental report described levels of arsenic and other pollutants in the soil as being unexpectedly high. The report was met with skepticism by Manolo Reyes, the project’s staunchest opponent on the Miami commission that must negotiate a lease agreement with Inter Miami's owners. Reyes is worried that the report is part of a tactic to devalue the property and allow it to be leased for less money. (Miami Herald)
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