FYI Miami: July 5, 2018
Written by Miami Today on July 2, 2018
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SOCCER STADIUM PROPOSAL: David Beckham’s group is expected to present its plan next week for a soccer stadium on City of Miami property that today is home to Melreese Golf Course near Miami International Airport. A representative requested a time certain of 2 p.m. July 12 during the next regular city commission meeting. Chair Keon Hardemon OK’d the request, though Commissioner Joe Carollo is gunning for a special meeting to debate the proposal. “I don’t want to be here until 2 in the morning,” he told fellow commissioners at the June 28 meeting. Mr. Carollo said two outstanding matters – the soccer stadium and contract negotiations for the next Ultra music festival – will take many hours to resolve. Mayor Francis Suarez suggested he and Mr. Carollo discuss the possibility of a special meeting. The commission has two regular meetings in July, and typically is in recess each August.
INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BONDS: The Miami-Dade Industrial Development Authority may issue up to $11.9 million in revenue bond assistance to Beacon College Prep Inc. so that the Florida nonprofit can finance or refinance costs of acquiring and renovating the 46,000-square-foot Beacon College Prep Charter School facility it leases from the county in Opa-locka. County commissioners last month adopted a resolution to issue the bonds, the proceeds of which will be lent to the company for site improvements, facilities, fixtures, furnishings and equipment. The existing elementary school is at 85% capacity, according to the school’s report, which states the improvements would raise enrollment from 400 to 760 students, employment from 41 to 69 people and expand to grades 6 to 8.