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The Mayor of Hialeah, Julio Robaina was on Descarga Deportiva today. In a nut shell he said this:

 

1. The talks and negotiations for the new stadium have really picked up in the last few weeks since MLB has made building the Marlins a stadium their #1 priority.

2. The two sites in contention are Hialeah Heights and downtown Miami. (No mention of Pompano). He is certain that the Marlins will stay in Miami-Dade County.

3. There is NO funding gap for either site!!!!!!!!!!!! ( I can't believe it!!!)

4. He realizes that he has said this before, but expects the final decision of the site and subsequent announcement to happen shortly. He did not say when, but he implied days or weeks, not months.

5. Of course he prefers the Hialeah site but he stated he is ready to support the project even if his city is not chosen.

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The Mayor of Hialeah, Julio Robaina was on Descarga Deportiva today. In a nut shell he said this:

 

1. The talks and negotiations for the new stadium have really picked up in the last few weeks since MLB has made building the Marlins a stadium their #1 priority.

2. The two sites in contention are Hialeah Heights and downtown Miami. (No mention of Pompano). He is certain that the Marlins will stay in Miami-Dade County.

3. There is NO funding gap for either site!!!!!!!!!!!! ( I can't believe it!!!)

4. He realizes that he has said this before, but expects the final decision of the site and subsequent announcement to happen shortly. He did not say when, but he implied days or weeks, not months.

5. Of course he prefers the Hialeah site but he stated he is ready to support the project even if his city is not chosen.

 

I listened to the show as well. I agree with most of what you said. The Mayor sounded very re-assuring and upbeat about everything. I wouldn't say he stated that there is no funding gap, what I understood is that funding is a secondary thing now and the main issue is the stadium location.

 

He did say that they have made more progress over the last 3-4 weeks, than in the previous 7 months.

 

stay tuned

 

He is doing his best to persuade MLB to pick Hialeah.

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No funding gap... :o

 

 

Well, I did hear that New Home prices were going down. So building supplies should be a little cheaper than last year. And the real-estate market has really cooled down, and I know prices have gone down, especialy in my area. So it really wouldn't suprise me if the cost is back down in the 390-400 range. And funding form the Marlins, City of Miami, and dade county combined I think is 390 range so far.

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by any chance do you know which downtown site?

Mr Robaina was talking about the downtown site next to the Government Center.

 

Jerry del Castillo mentioned that he was going to talk with the Mayor off the air after the interview. Maybe he will have more information on today's show.

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Just like he said he expected something to be announced in May?

 

If there's no funding gap for downtown, the deal's done...and well, there's no announcement.

 

the mayor didn't want to give any time or deadline this time around. Since he hasn't been able to deliver on previous time estimates.

 

He didn't say that there isn't a funding gap. He feels funding is a secondary issue and not the main issue (and I interpreted that to be for the Hialeah site).

 

I can't understand why you can make this statement w/o having the details "If there's no funding gap for downtown, the deal's done"

 

Is not apples to apples when you compare Downtown to Hialeah. Hialeah probably has more sources of revenue (parking, etc.) and Downtown has the location. On the roof, who knows if downtown location can accomodate as well.

 

The mayor did say that he feels the Marlins and the county prefers the Hialeah site, but MLB is on the fence.

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When Jerry del Castillo asked Mayor Robaina directly about the new stadium's funding problems the Mayor specifically said that there was no problem with the money in either site (Hialeah and downtown). I interpreted that as meaning that the funding gap had been breached. I could be mistaken, but there was absolutely no discussion about any funding problems during the entire interview.

 

The delay in announcing anything, I believe, is due to the fact that there is still no final decision as to which of the two sites will be chosen. They are probably still studying the logistics of the downtown site, such as where to put the building that was originally planned for that land, the parking issues, and probably many other details.

 

Once they have ironed out all the problems, calculated the pros and cons of each site, I suppose a decision will be made. Reportedly, the Marlins and the construction company (HOK) want the Hialeah site and MLB prefers the downtown site. There will be another meeting with MLB next week. I don't know if only Mr. Robaina will be there or if the team, the county and the City of Miami will also be represented.

 

I am hopeful that this will be resolved soon. No issue is as important to us Marlins fans as the stadium issue. Everything else depends on this. Once we have our stadium all the other pieces will fall into place and we will have a competitive team for many, many years to come.

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Just like he said he expected something to be announced in May?

 

If there's no funding gap for downtown, the deal's done...and well, there's no announcement.

 

the mayor didn't want to give any time or deadline this time around. Since he hasn't been able to deliver on previous time estimates.

 

He didn't say that there isn't a funding gap. He feels funding is a secondary issue and not the main issue (and I interpreted that to be for the Hialeah site).

 

I can't understand why you can make this statement w/o having the details "If there's no funding gap for downtown, the deal's done"

 

Is not apples to apples when you compare Downtown to Hialeah. Hialeah probably has more sources of revenue (parking, etc.) and Downtown has the location. On the roof, who knows if downtown location can accomodate as well.

 

The mayor did say that he feels the Marlins and the county prefers the Hialeah site, but MLB is on the fence.

 

Jeez, I'm shocked that the mayor of Hialeah tried to present his offer as the best.

 

Without getting into the logistics of a deal that I have very little concrete information, I can tell you with complete certainty that MLB prefers the downtown site, the Marlins prefer whichever site comes cheaper, and that if money was not an issue, MLB would be hounding the Marlins left and right to get a deal done before the spring deadline for Loria's loan amnesty.

 

If the money's there to break ground, MLB will have the ground broken ASAP.

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What Miami has that Hialeah doesn't is access to the Professional Sports Franchise Tax pool.

 

What Hialeah has that Miami doesn't (and can't because the site is surrounded by govermental tax-exempt buildings) is the ability to create a tax increment district from scratch based on the totality of the site projects.

 

I was blown away with all the highrise construction driving 2nd ave the other day on the way to County Hall and it's closer for me, but the team amy be better off regionally in Hialeah.

 

But in the end I don't care where, I just want to be asked where I want to sit in the new stadium.

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The "crucial days" someone mentioned here awhile back are running out. Only 15 "crucial days" left.

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I still say the announcment is being held up while Loria and MLB play their dance over the loan forgiveness issue....and I don't expect an announcment until March.

 

I think you are right on the mark. I even think that any announcement is bound by the usual "pending approval of state tax rebate . . . .". And this time a rebate should pass

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