The Miami City Commission won’t vote this Friday on a new ballpark for the Marlins, but has again rescheduled its meeting – this time until March 19.
The new delay, which comes as tempers have flared between the city and Miami-Dade County over the ballpark issue, will allow city commissioners to consider the ballpark agreements and related issues, including waiving the competitive bidding requirements to allow the ballpark contractor to also conduct adjacent street and sewer work.
On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade County Commission, which had been scheduled to vote on the $515 million ballpark next Monday, agreed to delay its meeting indefinitely until the city commission considered the ballpark agreements and all related issues. The delay came at the request of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who on Monday said the issue had become the subject of political grandstanding by some city commissioners.
The ballpark financing plan has been stalled since Feb. 13, when the city commission met to vote on the plan, but deadlocked 2-2 with Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones on maternity leave and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff making three new demands aimed at extracting more from the deal for the city and county. Rather than killing the ballpark deal, the commission chose to continue the meeting this month.
Since then, Spence-Jones has also asked for protections for her district, before agreeing to support the ballpark project.
The city commission will meet at 9 a.m. March 19 at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami.