Stadium vote delayed

Delayed but not dead is pretty much how the Marlins stadium situation shaped up after city of Miami commissioners on Friday decided to reschedule the hearing for 9 a.m. ET on March 12.

Deadlocked after 7 1/2 hours, the city commissioners will try again to gain passage on five documents that will determine if a 37,000-seat, retractable-roof park will be built on the Orange Bowl grounds in Miami.

The stadium effort needed at least three of the four votes cast, and settled at 2-2. Because the city didn’t find resolution, the issue didn’t get to the Miami-Dade County commission, which also was scheduled to vote on Friday. As the matter was stalled at the city, the county commissioners remained in a holding pattern before telling people that no vote would be taken on their end either.

To pass, the stadium needs at least nine of 13 votes at the county level.

So the process continues, which doesn’t necessarily mean bad news for stadium supporters. In fact, there is a growing feeling that the deal indeed be approved. Maybe March 12 will be the day. The fact the process is moving forward, rather than being buried by a swing-commissioner vote, is why there is a quiet optimism that the Marlins eventually will get their stadium.

— Joe Frisaro  

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