Local Residents Still Not Supporting F1 Plans At Hard Rock Stadium
A plan to bring F1 racing to Miami Gardens, backed by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, "faces opposition from some residents who are worried about noise in their neighborhood," according to a front-page piece by Jack Brook of the MIAMI HERALD. The race would take place "on the grounds" of Hard Rock Stadium and nearby streets. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan said that the stadium would "require special permits from the city to host the event, which could be used as negotiating leverage" against F1. Sources said that no F1 racing plans have yet been "submitted for approval." Earlier this year, Ross "scrapped a proposal to run the race downtown" following pushback from residents and business owners, including the "threat of lawsuits." While a single Dolphins game can draw 65,000 to Hard Rock Stadium, an F1 race "could have nearly 200,000 in attendance." If the race is held, Ross would cover the $25M "host fee instead of taxpayers," but residents are still "concerned with the potential racket." A preliminary report by the Rolling Crest Lake Homeowners Association found "peak noise would approach the sound of a jet engine on takeoff" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/19).