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Commissioner demands vote on Beckham soccer stadium deal

October 11, 2019 GMT

MIAMI (AP) — The debate over building a $1 billion retail, hotel and Major League Soccer stadium complex on Miami’s only city-owned golf course is expected to come to a climax as commissioners consider a lease that would allow the redevelopment.

The Miami Herald reports two city commissioners on Thursday demanded an Oct. 24 vote on the contract. But city administrators say the proposal likely won’t be ready by then and Mayor Francis Suarez says he’ll use his veto power if the commission votes on a deal he believes isn’t ready.

The proposed complex called Miami Freedom Park includes a 25,000-seat stadium for home games played by Inter Miami, a soccer team co-owned by David Beckham. The group hopes to lease the Melreese golf course property for 99 years to build the complex.