Little Havana Stadium Moves Forward

Despite controversy over its funding,location and impact, the Florida Marlins are likely to build a new retractable-roof stadium on the former site of the Orange Bowl in the city's Little Havana neighborhood.
September 12, 2008, 6am PDT | Mike Lydon
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"The Florida Marlins took a major stride Tuesday in their lengthy quest for a permanent South Florida home, when a judge ruled that a new ballpark funded primarily through tax dollars serves the public good.

With Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jeri Beth Cohen's ruling, the county and Marlins said they will move ahead with construction of the $515 million, 37,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium in Little Havana.

'This is the one we've been waiting for,' said Marlins President David Samson. 'It's a complete victory. It took a long time.'

County Mayor Carlos Alvarez on Tuesday restated what he told the court during his deposition: Building the ballpark will revitalize the neighborhood and create much-needed jobs.

'When the economy is hurting, it means thousands of jobs -- good-paying construction jobs -- for people who need them now,' he said.

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Published on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in Miami Herald
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