There’s a full house at Miami City Hall this morning, where the city commission is late starting its meeting to consider funding for a $515 million ballpark for the Marlins. Some in the audience are clad in Marlins jerseys and caps. There are also some opponents.
Miami resident Elaine Jepeway stood alone in front of Miami City Hall, holding up a paper grocery bag that she’d split apart and had covered with the words “NO DEAL.”
“I thought there were going to be other people here,” said Jepeway, 67. “This is just such a fiasco with the economy … We should use the money for something that’s needed. Nobody goes to the games. I wasn’t coming, but I thought it’s the right thing to do … I think it’s just not the time to do it.”
Meanwhile, a Marlins fan circled the city hall parking lot in his pickup truck carrying a billboard that read “I want to take my child to a Marlin World Series in 2013.”
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson are in attendance. City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, who is on maternity leave, is not present and not expected to vote on the deal. The stadium agreements need a simple majority of the four commissioners present to pass.