As narrow green light as was possible, by just one vote, gave David Beckham the chance to lease Melreese Country Club without any counter-bidders. But the campaign is far from over.
As we covered over the past two weeks, David Beckham has a new plan for his Miami MLS franchise. Yesterday the Miami commissioners gave him what he needed to advance the proposal, although the vote wasn't unanimous, going to the footballer's advantage with 3 in favour and 2 against.
The vote wasn't on approval for the stadium itself, not yet. It was about allowing Beckham to lease the massive amount of land beside local international airport without any competition.
In order for such move to be legal, residents have to approve it in a referendum, which would take place along with November 6 mid-term elections. Then the commission takes one more vote, which has to go 4:1 in favour of the proposed scheme.
As we wrote previously, the project would see a brand new 25,000-26,000 seat stadium built on part of the site, accompanied by a large football academy, vast public green areas, hotel with as many as 750 beds and other commercial developments.