The proposed Miami Grand Prix has moved one step closer to becoming a reality as a proposal to block the race was defeated.
The arrival of Formula One in Miami has been met with a lot of negativity from local residents, but a 6-6 split vote by Miami-Dade County Commissioners over a proposal to block the event from happening has cleared the way for the race to become a reality possibly as soon as 2021.
The circuit has been through several iterations with complaints being registered over each layout, but the latest revisions, a circuit based around the Hard Rock Stadium.
“We welcome the outcome from the commissioners meeting in Miami today and look forward to the continued progress to bring Formula 1 to Miami-Dade County," read a statement from Formula One. "We expect this to be an incredible race on the F1 calendar in one of the most exciting cities in the world to visit.”
In his own statement, Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium Vice Chairman and CEO, “We are happy that the commissioners reaffirmed again today that the Hard Rock Stadium entertainment complex is a regional facility that exists to benefit all of Miami-Dade County.
"We are glad to put this long-delayed vote behind us so we can begin to make the multi-million dollar private investment required to bring a race here, and have positive and productive conversations with local leadership about the many benefits that a global event of this nature brings.”
The main opposition for the event now comes from Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, while the rest of Miami Gardens city council are also against bringing Grand Prix racing to the city.
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