Since David Beckham announced the decision to bring an MLS franchise to South Florida — Miami specifically — speculation has swept the city as to just where his new stadium would go.
As more and more locations are added to the list of possibilities, it is becoming clear that residents will have to approve the new stadium’s location via referendum.
Schwartz Media Strategies president Tadd Schwartz weighed in on the situation in a recent Miami Herald article:
“The ultimate decision to build a stadium in downtown Miami should rest with voters,” John Alschuler, Beckham’s real-estate adviser, said in a statement. “If Miami Beckham United selects the FEC slip as the preferred stadium site, we will seek and fully support a voter referendum.”
The same would be true if Gimenez calls for a county referendum for the port location, added Tadd Schwartz, a spokesman recently hired by Beckham’s group. Schwartz’s firm also represents Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, which has endorsed a port stadium.