Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lawsuit challenging Marlins ballpark goes to trial in July

AP report from Miami: "Auto magnate Norman Braman's lawsuit challenging a huge Miami project that includes a new stadium for the Florida Marlins will go to trial in July.
  • A judge in Miami-Dade Circuit Court decided Thursday to let the lawsuit go forward. Braman claims the $3 billion plan is unconstitutional because of the way it is financed. Besides the 37,000-seat ballpark and parking garage, the plan calls for construction of a tunnel to Miami's port, a new downtown trolley line and money for the arts.

The judge did toss out the lawsuit's claims that the agreement was reached in secret in violation of state law. A key legal issue for the trial beginning July 1 is whether the projects serve a "paramount public purpose.""...

***I'd like the Marlins to have a new stadium. But not the way MLB owners have assumed it would take place.

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