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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA) – The Florida Supreme Court could end up resolving a legal dispute about Miami-Dade County’s decision to sell land to soccer star David Beckham and his business partners to build a Major League Soccer stadium.

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Bruce Matheson, the owner of property near the disputed land, has filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to take up the case, according to documents posted Wednesday on the Supreme Court website.

Matheson is appealing a decision this year by the 3rd District Court of Appeal that rejected his challenge to the sale.

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The dispute stems from the county’s decision last year to sell 2.79 acres of land to Miami Properties, LLC, which was controlled by Beckham and his partners, for $9.015 million.

Miami Properties already owned adjacent land but needed the 2.79 acres for the soccer stadium, the appeals-court ruling said. But Matheson contended that the county should have gone through a competitive bidding process for the 2.79 acres.

As is common, the newly filed notice does not detail arguments that Matheson’s attorneys will make to the Supreme Court.

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