TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH: The compact signed between Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe. With a potential new pari-mutuel license for Miami-Dade, we expect to hear a lot more about this deal over the coming months. We will keep you posted.
COMMISSIONER FRANCIS SUAREZ ON THE PROPOSED SOCCER STADIUM: City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez was on “Al Ritmo de Miami” with Humberto Cortina on Radio Mambi 710AM, discussing the new location for Beckham’s soccer stadium.
Suarez discussed the reasons behind the latest change in location. “I think it was a mistake to announce the location before anything was agreed upon. I hope that in the future, the government instructs any team to first sign a contract with the property owners, and then make the announcement.” Suarez highlighted the benefits of the stadium coming to Miami and explained, “it is incredibly important because, based on what I have heard from residents, they were worried that we were going to lose Beckham’s team to another city or site, so that’s first. The second thing is that all indications point to this stadium being private and there is no need for a referendum, which was something some members of our community were also worried about.” The commissioner concluded, “this is a win for Miami, it looks good that we will have these big teams coming to the stadium. We usually get too involved in the politics of the situation and some people were frustrated because they felt that time was wasted not capturing this opportunity. I think it would have been a mistake (not to allow a stadium) because we have a large Hispanic population here in Miami that are soccer fans, and it is important to represent the fans of one of the most popular sports in the world.”
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SEMINOLE GAMBLING DEAL: Yoly Cuello talked about the compact between Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe, with State Representative Jose Felix Diaz, on her show “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.
Representative Diaz explained the details of the agreement with the Seminoles, and discussed his role during the negotiations (read more here). “For the past two or three months, I had the opportunity to get very familiar with the compact that became more or less the draft presented to the Legislature for review and approval, there might be changes but it’s a good compact.” Diaz explained that the payments to the state consist of, ” $3 billion over 7 years, but in 20 years, which is the term of the contract, it is going to represent $10 billion dollars. This is a big number and it can help us address many challenges in Florida.” He continued, “the contract between the Governor and the Seminoles has to be ratified and approved, we also have to change the statues, so we have a lot of work ahead of us, and the public will have complete access to that conversation as soon as we get to that stage. This had to get done because the compact expired this year, and if we didn’t do it now there would be no compact and no money. We know this will not be easy, but we are going to work hard to get it done.”