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Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 04:29

Proposed Marlins FacilityThe Miami-Dade County Commission threw a curveball at the proposed downtown Miami site location for a new facility for the Marlins yesterday. Eight of the 13 commissioners spoke against the proposal, saying that the "nine-acre site was too small, that it wouldn't re-energize the area and that it would rely on community redevelopment money that should be spent elsewhere."

Commissioner José ''Pepe'' Diaz then agreed with the Commission to shift the funding proposal so as to not be site specific, opening the door to exploring a site that had been looked at prior: The Orange Bowl.

As reported by the Miami Herald:

Commissioners then voted 11-1 to send that plan to Tallahassee, in hopes that the state Legislature will vote to fill in a $30 million gap in the $490 million stadium project. Commissioner Katy Sorenson voted against it. Commissioner Javier Souto was absent.

''I think what's important at the end of the day is that baseball stays,'' Diaz said before the vote.

MLB officials have been working diligently behind the scenes to get the ballpark at the downtown location. Some were in attendance, including MLB Executive Vice President John McHale who left the chamber after the vote without commenting about the amended plan.

To see design renderings of the proposed Marlins facility, click here

 
 
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