Comments on: Port could get aid in land loss for soccer The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:51:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: JC Gomez Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:36:06 +0000 Idk how feasible that is but it sounds brilliant!

I also think that it’s a crazy, almost ridiculous, idea to have a second inland port.

By: DC Copeland Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:15:41 +0000 This is crazy talk (aka “Miami Speak”) on two counts. One, if a stadium is built at PortMiami, how will you get the thousands of cars on and off the island without creating major traffic jams? Two, an inland port in Medley would probably require deepening and straightening the Miami River and adding a wide canal. If that was possible, how cost effective would it be?

Isn’t a simpler solution making Marlins Stadium work for soccer? Beckham can take his investors money and put it into a mass transit loop from the stadium to the FEC’s proposed downtown Grand Central Station (unfortunately for Beckham, the Feds won’t be contributing any money to offset the cost since the “stadium line” would be a private venture– although he might be able to work out a deal that charges riders to take that line with his team keeping all the profits ANY TIME IT’S USED, even for baseball, tractor pulls, etc). To me, that would be a heckava lot cheaper than building a stadium from scratch. In any event, aside from offering everyone south of the stadium in Dade County a chance to take Metrorail to the games, it would also allow everyone living in Broward and Palm Beach counties to take a train into downtown Miami and switch to an elevated MetroMover line looping to the stadium only a few blocks west.

By: JC Gomez Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:18:12 +0000 The proposal to build a world class soccer team in Miami is interesting from a number of perspectives.
1. Tourism: Will people travel to Miami for the sole purpose of seeing their country play? Maybe. The city also offers other tourist attractions like shopping, beaches, and night-life plus world class arts. There is also a possibility that casinos may also be a part of the landscape.
2. Economics: What will the impact of a world class team in Miami have on the local economy? The Miami Heat may be a model that offers some clues to this question. That is if we consider the NBA World Class.
3. Expansion of the Miami Brand: Will this proposal add to the value of the Miami Brand? Miami is metamorphosing into an international destination with no sight of slowing down. Real Estate investors are pouring money into our market and in 2015; the mix which is brewing in Miami will explode.
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