One Down, One To Go

Sorry for the light posts but I just got married and I’m sure my wife would kill me if she knew I was blogging about baseball on my honeymoon (actually, I just sent her for some spa treatment so I think I’m in the clear).

Anyway, Spring Training is here and the ballpark just received the City’s approval. County is up next. One more vote, that’s it.

Update: It’s done! County approved the deal by a 9-3 vote. A few open issues, but we can now say that the Miami Marlins will have a ballpark in 2011.

Marlins, County and City Agree on Stadium Deal

Speaks for itself:

The Marlins, Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and Major League Baseball reached agreement late Friday to finance a $515 million ballpark at the site of the Orange Bowl, according to a source.

The agreement was not released, but was expected to be distributed to county and city commissioners, who will need to approve it. The city has scheduled a special commission meeting to consider the deal at 9 a.m. Thursday; the county commission is to meet at 1 p.m. that day.

The deal calls for the county and city to contribute $360 million mainly in tourist taxes and a $50 million general obligation bond Miami-Dade voters approved in 2004 to renovate the Orange Bowl, but which will instead be moved to the ballpark project.The Marlins are to contribute $155 million.

Hell To Freeze Over in Three Weeks

We kid, of course.

Miami-Dade County is losing its cool over the constant delays in the ballpark negotiations. Honestly, this is becoming a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both sides so they need to start compromising. The longer the wait, the easier it is for this thing to collapse.

Anyway, the County is giving the negotiations three more weeks. Then what? Who knows.

It’s All About the Parking

Miami Today tells us that the snag in the ballpark negotiations is all about parking.

A preliminary agreement in December gave Miami the responsibility to build a 6,000-space garage near the stadium at the Orange Bowl site and find 6,000 more spaces nearby. But city officials, including Manager Pete Hernandez, have maintained since last month they plan to provide only the 6,000 garage spots.

There is no doubt that infrastructure was one of the biggest issues surrounding the Orange Bowl location. The same thing happened with the DC ballpark and they ended up tabling the issue to get it done. If this is really the final hurdle then maybe MLB drops the issue to make it happen. Continue reading It’s All About the Parking

Some Marlins Headlines You May Have Missed

Here are some minor Marlins related articles floating around the Internets these days:

The Fish Unveil the 2008 Marlins Mermaids

You’ve probably heard that the Marlins signed a few players, blah, blah, blah. But more importantly, the Florida Marlins have officially named the 2008 Marlins Mermaids. For those of you who don’t know, the Mermaids are the great Marlins cheerleading dance team.

Now, here they are:

Back Row: Tra-Keila, Adrianna, Chelsea, L’tesia, Otmara, Estefania, Jen, Natalie, Alexis, Jillian, Amanda, Stephanie, Glenda
Front Row: Megan, Shanelle, Gladys, Alessandra, Danielle, Veronica, Pascale, Melissa

Enjoy.