David Beckham MLS Stadium May Kick Residents Out of Homes

The thrill of the David Beckham stadium announcement is over, and reality is setting in for some residents in Miami.

"I feel bad because I don't want to move," Adelfa Lopez said Tuesday.

Lopez at 70 years old will likely be forced to move, after spending almost four decades in her home next to the former Orange Bowl site.

"For us it's an inconvenience. We have to look for a house that accommodates the animals, we have dogs and cats," she said. "Whatever it is, it is, we don't have nothing to say about it."

Negotiations to build the new soccer stadium are expected to start very soon. The city will get a sparkling new venue, Beckham gets a Major League Soccer team.

And the Miami Marlins will make money despite having no stake in the deal. That's because the parking garages are cash cows for the team. They receive a huge portion of the $20 per vehicle fee.

The city's portion goes to pay off the money it borrowed to build the decks. And when the bonds for those garages are paid off, the Marlins will enjoy all of the parking revenues.

Meanwhile, City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo is visiting with residents who are expected to be displaced, listening to their concerns.

"They're concerned, they're scared because they learned that their homes may be replaced through TV coverage, which is not the right way of doing things," Carollo said.

A daycare center, a couple of houses and apartment buildings are slated for demolition to make way for Beckham's stadium.

Lopez said she's not angry.

"No, I don't get angry, I'm a happy person, I don't get angry, whatever it is, is it. Maybe it is for the best, who knows," she said.

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