Miami F1 Effort Flips Key Vote, But Opposition To Race Remains
A Miami-Dade County Commissioner's vote has "flipped to the side" of the Dolphins and "killed a legislative effort" to keep an F1 race from coming to Hard Rock Stadium, according to Douglas Hanks of the MIAMI HERALD. County Commissioner Javier Souto "switched votes, saying he thought the race was too valuable to the economy to let neighbors' objections derail the event." Though this was a "significant win" for F1 in "one of the most high-profile commission fights of the year, the victory doesn't clear the way for the race's planned Miami-Dade debut" in '21. Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, who "has the rights for a Miami F1 race, still needs permits from Miami Gardens, where the City Commission opposes the event." Ross also has to "defeat another piece of county legislation that would hamper the race's efforts." County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who is opposed to the race and whose district includes Miami Gardens and the stadium grounds, said that the Dolphins "should be prepared for bad publicity if the team continues to push the race over neighbor objections." Jordan added that she will "no longer be the team's main sponsor for expanding county subsidies at Hard Rock" (MIAMI HERALD, 11/20).
TAKE SOME TIME: MOTORSPORT.com's Adam Cooper noted Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez "stressed that instead of 'killing this idea outright' the authorities should take time to work towards a solution, having bought 'three to six months' to get a deal agreed." In a series of tweets, Gimenez "told his constituents that extra time was required to address the issues around the race and satisfy residents and the promoters" (MOTORSPORT.com, 11/19).