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Beckham’s stadium facing legal argument

Legal papers have been served claiming a decision by Miami leaders to hold a referendum on David Beckham’s stadium plan in the city violates the Florida Constitution and the city charter.

However law.com’s Daily Business Review reports that attorneys for the developer say Douglas Muir’s lawsuit – which claims the city of Miami is offering privileges to stadium developers in violation of the state Constitution – is “far from a model of clarity.”

It says Muir, a Miami attorney, claims the city “skirted its laws” when it approved a referendum to lease the public Melreese golf course for a soccer stadium and unrelated real estate without competitive bidding.

The report explains the City Commission voted 3-2 on July 18 to hold a Nov 6 referendum asking voters for approval to rent the property for a base rent of $3.5 million a year to Miami Freedom Park LLC, which plans to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium and other projects.

Muir in part argued in a petition filed hours before the commission vote that the city violated its own charter by potentially leasing public land without competitive bidding. He also argued the referendum asks voters to change a section of the city charter even though another part of that section prohibits a land lease without public notice and an opportunity for a competitive process.

Aside from the Major League Soccer stadium, they want to build about 1 million square feet of real estate, including a tech hub, retail and entertainment venues and public soccer fields on 110 acres of the 150-acre International Links Melreese Country Club at 1802 NW 37th Ave. east of Miami International Airport.