After years of dead-ends, roadblocks, hurdles, lawsuits, threats, false starts and controversy – not to mention surging fair-weather fans in post-season play and dwindling crowds the rest of the year - the Florida Marlins will break ground on their new stadium in less than a month.
But there is still a threat from a couple of annoying activists who believe government business should be conducted openly.
Last week, Miami activists Graciela Solares and Elvis Cruz filed a motion for injunction against the county and City of Miami to stop the planned sale of bonds. In February, they filed a lawsuit to halt the stadium because it was negotiated behind closed doors.
But on Friday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lawrence Schwartz denied that injunction, dealing a major blow to the lawsuit which is still pending. Now they are filing an appeal.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place July 18 at the site of the old Orange Bowl. However, work is expected to begin on July 1. The stadium is scheduled for completion in time to kick off the 2012 baseball season.