Miami Beach opposes Beckham's soccer stadium plan

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami Beach officials and residents say building a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami would create a traffic nightmare.

The city held a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss David Beckham's proposal to build a 25,000-seat stadium on Miami-Dade County land.

Miami Beach commissioners passed a symbolic vote earlier this month welcoming professional soccer to South Florida but opposing the stadium proposal. The Miami Herald reports that residents echoed those sentiments, saying a stadium at the port would add to the heavy traffic already clogging the highway that connects Miami Beach with downtown Miami.

A traffic expert for the city of Miami Beach says a preliminary analysis of the stadium proposal shows that the number of vehicles per hour on the MacArthur Causeway would increase from 2,700 to 5,100.

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