On Friday, the Marlins, NAACP and Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce signed a pact to ensure 15 percent of the construction and operations contracts on the new ballpark go to black-owned businesses. On Sunday, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said the timing for the stadium is perfect because of the jobs it will bring during the recession.
But on Monday, the ballpark project hit another snag. Miami-Dade County attorneys raised concerns that the pact over black-owned businesses could be unconstitutional and said they did not want county commissioners considering the deal with that provision. Team, NAACP and chamber officials worked Monday to modify the language of the deal to maintain its intent.
I'm told the issues should be worked out, but they provided another obstacle as the team and Major League Baseball officials continue lobbying Miami City and Miami-Dade County commissioners to support the ballpark deal. Marlins President David Samson said the meetings on the ballpark deal will go on as planned. The Miami City Commission meets to consider the deal at 9 a.m. Thursday; the county commission is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Monday.