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Commissioner Demands Crucial Vote For Beckham Soccer Stadium Deal In Miami

This week, the team behind Miami Freedom Park released this new artist rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Melreese golf course

The debate over Miami Freedom Park, the plan to build a $1 billion retail, hotel and Major League Soccer stadium complex on Miami’s only city-owned golf course, is expected to climax Oct. 24 when commissioners consider a lease that would allow the redevelopment but that city administrators say might not be in any shape to vote on.

At the same time, the commission could consider opening up Melreese golf course to any willing bidders.

In a messy show of political divisions among Miami’s elected leaders, two commissioners on Thursday separately demanded the Oct. 24 vote on a contract that administrators do not believe will be ready and another vote on whether the city should solicit other redevelopment plans for Melreese. The mayor, a proponent of the stadium plan, said he’d use his veto pen if the commission votes on a deal he feels isn’t ready.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.