MIAMI (CBSMiami/The Miami Herald) – There could be a change of venue for the David Beckham’s proposed MLS stadium.

According to CBS4 news partner, The Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez upended the negotiations with David Beckham and his investors Monday by proposing that the group consider building a Major League Soccer stadium on the downtown waterfront — but not at PortMiami.

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Instead, Gimenez offered up an idea of a massive boat slip between Museum Park and AmericanAirlines Arena.

The area would also allow for a pedestrian walkway.

PortMiami is still in the mix for the possible 25,000-seat, open-air stadium, but cruise lines have strongly opposed the idea.

Other potential sites include land adjacent to the Miami Marlins’ ballpark in Little Havana.

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But by formally requesting that Beckham’s group look into filling the slip and report back to the county in two weeks, the mayor is steering negotiations toward an option that had only briefly been discussed nearly six months ago.

In a statement, Miami Beckham United said it will examine the feasibility of filling the slip and building a stadium, which the group has pledged to pay for using private funds.

 

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