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Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Miami Beckham United

MIAMI (December 04, 2015)

Thursday evening, I signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with Miami Beckham United. The document confirms the group's intention to negotiate the purchasing of land owned by Miami-Dade County, located on NW 6th Street and NW 6th Avenue near downtown Miami. Miami Beckham United would pay fair market value for the property that is currently managed by the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department. The purchase is part of Miami Beckham United's effort to assemble land to eventually construct a privately-financed, privately-owned Major League Soccer stadium in the urban core of our world-class community.

Because the stadium would be privately-owned, Miami Beckham United would be responsible for paying property taxes annually like any other private entity in Miami-Dade County.

The transaction should be subject to the State Economic Development Statute and create a specific number of jobs for Miami-Dade County residents both during the construction process and permanent positions once work has been completed. The needs of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System will also be given careful consideration.

The sale is subject to approval by the Board of County Commissioners. All 13 commissioners have been contacted to discuss this development, either personally by me or by senior members of my administration.

Although it has been nearly two years since David Beckham and his partners announced that their Major League League franchise would be located in Miami, there have been well-documented challenges to securing a viable location for a stadium. The signing of this non-binding Letter of Intent may be the most significant step in our collective efforts to make Major League Soccer a reality in Miami-Dade County. It is also further confirmation that Miami Beckham United wants its franchise to be in our community.

I am hopeful that the transaction can be finalized and presented to the Board of County Commissioners for approval in the near future.