Miami Marlins hate taxpayers

Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke rips commissioners for the looming parking and traffic problems at the Miami Marlins ballpark.

With the Marlins 14 days away from opening their new home, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County are still finding ways to screw over taxpayers and residents while team owner Jeffrey Loria laughs all the way to the bank.

A couple of weeks ago, Loria's arrogant ex-stepson, Marlins president David Samson, was caught on camera admitting to the Beacon Council what we already knew: Greed is what motivates him and his Daddy Warbucks. But Samson was right when he said that "the people who are running for office around the country really are not the cream of the intellectual crop."

If Miami city and county commissioners had any common sense, they would have put the stadium on the site of the old Miami Arena. That was the most logical location for a ballpark. It would have been easily accessible by Metrorail and there's plenty of parking in the area.

I recently took a tour of the stadium. It looks like they put the Taj Mahal in Little Havana, but it is an architectural wonder that belongs in downtown Miami. County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro and City Commissioner Frank Carollo haven't done a damn thing to help their constituents, who didn't ask to live right next to a 37,000-seat baseball stadium. Over the past couple of weeks, the poor residents who live around the stadium have gotten a taste of how horrible the traffic and parking will be during the 82 Marlins home games.

Barreiro and Carollo, whose districts include the $500 million stadium paid for by taxpayers, should be ashamed of themselves. How can they allow the Miami Parking Authority to suddenly start handing out $50 tickets to the residents who have no choice but to park on the streets? By abusing the ballpark's neighbors, the city and the county are trying to make back some of the money they gave away to the Marlins. Barreiro and Carollo need to get their asses in gear to protect their constituents. How hard is it to hand out parking stickers to the people who can prove they live next to the stadium?

The Miami Parking Authority should have begun issuing decals months ago instead of waiting until last week, after residents complained. Let's face it: The trollies shuttling fans from the Metrorail and off-site parking lots are just a Band-Aid. Those poor residents will see more cars in one season of baseball than they saw during all the football games in the history of the Orange Bowl.

 
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senina
senina

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let's dance
let's dance

It was said that they the stadium owner don't want to pay taxes to the city. If this is the case why should we support them anyway. It's our money that will pay for the stadium isn't it, well you know what to do. After 5 games and a no show this will send out a message to the owners, when asked why we are not coming out and it is explained things might change. STAY AWAY FROM THE STADIUM.

WickedCats
WickedCats

$500M for a brand new stadium, and look at where the city keeps their animal death camp. They couldn't have used some of that money to build a new animal shelter, and actually have it BE a shelter and stop killing animals?

And I have no doubt those living around the new stadium are shafted for life. Unless they sell their homes, which is probably what the builders and city want anyway.

Janice K
Janice K

Give special parking stickers to the residents,like south beach does.

mianative69
mianative69

I attended that community meeting and I'd like to clarify for the record that the Miami Parking Authority did not issue any tickets. The tickets were issued by the City of Miami Police Traffic bureau which apparently has no compassion for the community they serve. The representative of the MPA went out of his way to clarify the fact that the citations issued (by police) should not have been and that those which had not been paid could contact the MPA for help getting them waived.

denpaul1
denpaul1

Most of these people got jobs building this stadium now that it's over their crying.I do agree they got screwed.

Sonicpush
Sonicpush

LMAO....Not one racist rant from Uncle Luke....I'm gonna have to AGREE on this one with you (though I thought you were dead wrong on the whole Electronic WMC article).

Why didn't they build it on the old Miami Arena? Not big enough? There are empty lots all around and the Metro/People Mover is RIGHT THERE!

The local residents are going to get HAMMERED during baseball season....how many more baseball games are there compared to old Orange Bowl Games? LOL

YES...95% of our Commissioners are morons and the worst negotiators probably south of the state line! Unfortunately the local populace here is so divided when electing officials. We always end up with politicians that are too busy lining their pockets and screwing their people.

BTW, I think Carlos Alvarez is now head of security at the Marlins Stadium? Plus he is collecting 2 big $$$ pensions from the Police Department and for MIami-Dade county. He is a hated MOFO, but he is laughing his ass all the way to the bank. I always see him dining out in Coral Gables with his trophy wife.

And recently I heard that scum bag Alex Peneles wants to run again for office...after he left us with another whole mess of the 1/2 cent Transportation TAx and the 1/2 cent to Jackson Memorial tax? Plus the Miami Arena which the County never collected a penny of profit from?

Yes...we should start looking for new commissioners at the local used car lots and put them on commission salary...at least those used car salesmen know how to negotiate and spot a bad deal when they see one.

goober13
goober13

WOW LUKE! I'm soooo PROUD! Not ONE word on RACISM! Who's a big boy now? You are, yes you are....

runrandrand
runrandrand

A STADIUM WE NEVER NEEDED-NOR WANTED-IS ALREADY AN INSUFFICIENT, ILL-CONSTRUCTED ALBATROSS ON THE BACK OF TAXPAYERS---AGAIN - DADE COUNTY PRIORITIES AT THEIR STELLAR "BEST"

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums,
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract andretain 
professional sports teams in big cities. Often the money isspent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.Whenthat happens, of course, the local news media act as thewilling 
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city andstate governments build facilities for sports organizations which areowned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly anabuse of power. 


"it time for more recalls and jail time ™

Domingo Pacheco
Domingo Pacheco

ITS A SHAME THAT THE CITY IS NOW GIVING OUT PARKING TICKETS TO THE PEOPLE THAT HOME ARE CLOSE TO THE PARK ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY AND NOW THEY WANT THEM TO PARK LIKE 6 BLOCKS AWAY FROM THERE HOUSE THE BASEBALL TEAM AND THE COUNTY AND CITY OFFICIALS DONT GIVE A DAM ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND THESE IS JUST THE START OF THE PROBLEMS THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST LET THE MARLIM GO AWAY SOMEWHERE ELSE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE MISS AT ALL I SAY IF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HOMES AROUND THE BALLPARK SO TO SHOW THEM WE CARE CAUSE THE CITY AND THE COUNTY DOSEN'T WE NEED TO BOYCOT THE PARK

 
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