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Fort Lauderdale City Commission votes unanimously to accept proposals for Lockhart Stadium renovation

The City of Fort Lauderdale Commission voted Tuesday to begin accepting proposals for the renovation of Lockhart Stadium. Photo via City of Fort Lauderdale.

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday evening to begin accepting proposals for the renovation of Lockhart Stadium and Fort Lauderdale Stadium. These proposals will include Inter Miami CF’s plan for its youth academy and USL team, as well as an independent USL bid revealed on Monday.

The resolution will start a 21-day window in which proposals could be submitted to the city. It is unknown whether other proposals will be submitted.

Per city rules, the 21-day window will start once the request for proposals is published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Florida Administrative Register.

To watch video of the commission meeting, click above.

Rival bid for Lockhart site a new obstacle for Beckham’s MLS and USL dreams

Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium, as pictured in March 2018. Photo by Matthew Bunch.

Nothing in Miami is ever easy. And getting their way in Fort Lauderdale just got even harder for Miami Beckham United.

On Monday, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Brittany Wallman revealed on Twitter that a second party is competing for the Lockhart Stadium site in Fort Lauderdale. The site is the same one Inter Miami intend to use as the base for their academy and training facility.

Inter Miami CF proposes renovation of Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium to develop youth academy

Fort Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium, as pictured in March 2018. Photo by Matthew Bunch.

In a unexpected turn of events, it appears that Inter Miami CF is planning on locating its youth academy in Broward County, setting its sights on a redevelopment of Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium, the club announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

“Inter Miami proposes to build and operate a state of the-art soccer training facility, a world class professional soccer stadium and a soccer-centric community destination,” the cover letter to the proposal reads.

Magic City Soccer podcast Episode 64: International soccer returns to Miami, as squads fill and Inter Miami CF plans

Magic City Soccer Podcast. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

In this episode of the Magic City Soccer podcast, Matt and Drew discuss Miami United’s 2-2 draw with Uruguayan champions Peñarol, break down The Miami FC’s new roster acquisitions, touch on Inter Miami CF’s youth academy and preview Copa America 2019. Join us, won’t you?

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Inter Miami CF training facility potentially in Hialeah, “La Ciudad Que Progresa”

Inter Miami FC is interested in a training facility at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. Image via Inter Miami CF.

When Jorge Mas said this was going to be a team for the entire city and the entire the community, he certainly meant it. The Miami Herald’s Douglas Hanks reported earlier this morning that the Mas brothers met with Miami-Dade mayor and the parks & recreations top brass regarding a training facility as a county owned park. Did your mind immediately jump to Tropical Park? Guess again. 

BREAKING: Miami Freedom Park initiative passes, clearing way for Inter Miami CF stadium negotiations

Jorge Mas (far left) and David Beckham speak to a crowd at the Douglas Entrance in Coral Gables after claiming victory in the Miami Freedom Park initiative. Photo via Gabriel Gabor, MLS.

It wasn’t easy, but after two efforts in front of the City of Miami Commission and a hard-fought campaign for the support of Miami voters, Inter Miami CF is one step closer to finally claiming a permanent home. Voters approved a change to the city’s charter that would allow the team and the city to negotiate on a no-bid contract to redevelop Melreese County Club into Miami Freedom Park.

The next step for Inter Miami CF is to negotiate with the City of Miami for terms of a lease. Four of the city’s five commissioners must agree on the terms before any development can move forward. Only three commissioners (Joe Carollo, Keon Hardemon and Ken Russell) supported the initiative in July.

The initiative passed easily, clearing the 60-percent threshold in the city. Perhaps even more critically, the initiative met or exceeded expectations in precincts located in the Grapeland Heights community where the project is expected to take place.

LIVE BLOG: City of Miami votes on Miami Freedom Park initiative for Inter Miami CF soccer stadium

City of Miami voters will decide if Miami Freedom Park will proceed. Photographic by Matthew Bunch.

It is decision day for City of Miami voters and Miami Freedom Park. Will the city be allowed to negotiate with Inter Miami CF to construct a soccer stadium and mixed-use development on the current site of Melreese Country Club? The city put the question to voters in July, but tonight we’ll find out if the Major League Soccer team moves on to the next step or is sent back to square one. Stay with Magic City Soccer all day for coverage and information about this important vote. For live election results, you can visit Miami-Dade County’s elections page.