“I think over the past 13 years and three ownership groups, this is certainly the closest,”
Marlins president David Samson discussing ballpark situation.

The City of Miami did its part today by approving the agreement with the County and the Marlins to fund a new ballpark. Other items were thrown into the approval including the proposed soccer stadium which may be built near the ballpark for an MLS expansion team.

The Marlins are optimistic:

“It’s a huge day for the city of Miami and the county of Miami-Dade,” Samson said. “What’s next is, we have to get together and finish the baseball stadium agreement, because a lot of what happened today is dependent on that agreement being completed.”

The city is happy:

“Finally, after eight years, I think we’re very close to building a baseball stadium,” said commissioner Joe Sanchez, whose district would house the proposed ballpark.

Next up is for the County to approve the agreement on Tuesday. Once that happens, the parties will finalize the definitive agreement and, once signed, push for the accelerated construction to begin.