More red tape cleared in Miami-David Beckham-MLS expansion efforts

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Generally speaking, any official in any city that has tried to get an MLS Stadium off the drawing board knows this painful truth all too well: Once you fight your way through a thorny thicket of politics and red tape you can usually expect to find … yet another ornery layer of politics and red tape.

If, that is, the whole doggone notion hasn’t died a slow a painful death.

Truly, this stuff usually moves at a glacial pace. Today we give you “news” from Miami – such that it is.

Miami-Dade County has unanimously approved a resolution that allows negotiations to commence with David Beckham and his group on potential stadium locations. The news was reported in the South Florida Business Journal.

Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez painted this development as a “strong message to MLS and Beckham’s group to bring them here.” Oh, to live in the universe where passing resolutions to negotiate qualifies as a strong message.

MLS commissioner Don Garber was apparently encouraged enough by this big development that he issued a statement: “We greatly appreciate the support shown by the Miami-Dade County Commission and look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Jimenez, the Commission and David Beckham on finalizing a plan for a new MLS stadium in Miami.”

Remember, no specific location has been targeted, although Beckham and his group have made no secret of their preference something near downtown or Miami Beach.