Now that the Miami City Commission is scheduled on March 19 to vote on the Marlins ballpark and related issues, the Miami-Dade County Commission will meet a few days later on March 23.
Last week, the county commission delayed its meeting indefinitely at the request of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who decried the politics that had surfaced over the issue at the city. Alvarez requested the county commission delay its meeting until the city commission resolved its issues and voted on the ballpark.
The ballpark project has been stalled since the city commission deadlocked 2-2 on Feb. 13, when City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones was absent on maternity leave. Commissioner Marc Sarnoff offered three amendments to the deal aimed at providing more protection for the city and county and the commission continued its meeting until this month. Since then Spence-Jones said she would attend the next meeting and has also asked for protections for her district.
Last week, the city commission scheduled its meeting for 9 a.m. March 19. The county commission will meet at 1 p.m. March 23.