David Beckham has made a major step towards creating his professional soccer team in Miami, after the public voted to approve newly proposed development plans.
The approval comes after a five-year journey for the former soccer player, who unveiled plans to bring a team to Miami in 2013, the same year that he retired from the profession.
After a number of rejected planning applications, failed deals and resistance from locals, Beckham along with partners Marcelo Claure and Jorge and Jose Mas, settled on plans to develop the project on Miami’s Melreese golf course.
The venture would need voter approval to skip a public bidding process and negotiate a no-bid lease for the development, which the group named Miami Freedom Park.
The vote invited the public to decide whether city officials could negotiate a no-bid lease deal for Beckham’s soccer stadium for the city.