Commissioner Says Ballpark Doesn’t Have Votes

One day, Miami-Dade will stop voting on the ballpark and just move forward. Apparently, the County has two more votes to go (ugh!) by July first and Commissioner Joe Martinez says there is not enough support.

“You need nine votes” to pass the ballpark management and construction agreements “and you don’t have nine votes,” Commissioner Joe A. Martinez warned commissioners Tuesday during a discussion of how stadium police and fire protection would be divided among the City of Miami and the county.

He sites his vote along with that of Javier Souto, Carlos Gimenez, and Katy Sorenson and that a two-thirds vote is need to pass the deal.

Martinez then continued to tell us how much money is being wasted already

“It’s going to come back and bite us,” Mr. Martinez said about the money the city and team are spending, because if no stadium deal is completed by Aug. 31, the city, the county and the Marlins are to share those out-of-pocket costs equally.

Let’s just hope that this rhetoric is nothing more than alot of noise from one guy.

2 Replies to “Commissioner Says Ballpark Doesn’t Have Votes”

  1. This is not rhetoric. There is absolute truth in what Martinez said. If the Marlins don’t stop screwing around, and give a little, they will have no stadium. By the way, their problems also extend to the City of Miami because of the public safety component. The City Commissioners want the City Fire and Police Department to hold operational control of the site. That is not what was agreed to by the respective managers. That is going to come to a head soon as well. Contrary to popular belief, the Marlins Stadium is not a done deal!!!

  2. CJ — Thanks for the insight.

    Yes, I also appreciate that the deal is not completely done but all parties involved have been behaving like it is. Unfortunately, this reliance allows various people (both opponents and opportunists) to leverage the lack of closure to get something in return or to prove a point.

    Let’s hope this will be closed soon.

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