The proposed stadium site for David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS franchise, Melreese Golf Course, has been ‘contaminated’ with arsenic levels more than twice the legal limit. An environmental report has disclosed that barium and lead levels also exceeded legal limits. The site was previously used as a waste site for incinerator ash.
The golf course has been closed until further notice by Miami’s city council after the findings. Plans are in place to build a stadium, shopping mall, hotel and public park on the site as part of a $1bn development.
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“This obviously causes great concerns,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. Long-term exposure to arsenic can lead to a range of serious health conditions, including bladder and lung cancer, skins disorders and cardiovascular issues.
An Inter Miami spokesperson said: “Miami Freedom Park has continued to move forward with the various studies needed for the redevelopment of the site.
“Our legal team and engineers have been meeting with city commissioners and staff about the environmental report our consultants conducted on the city’s land. We will be working with the city to implement a remediation plan that is thorough, and provides residents and visitors a destination that is safe for all to enjoy.”
Inter Miami are planned to join the MLS in 2020 and will initially play in an 18,000-seat arena in Fort Lauderdale.