Melreese Country Club to Reopen After Reported Unsafe Arsenic Levels

Melreese Country Club and Golf Course will reopen just days after city officials closed the proposed site of David Beckham's Major Soccer League stadium after a report that there are unsafe levels of arsenic in the soil.

City of Miami officials said Friday that an independent firm concluded that "conditions on the golf course are comparable to other golf courses."

The golf course was closed Wednesday "in an abundance of caution."

City officials said in a statement that the independent firm, SCS Engineers, said "the new data are generally consistent with historic findings and that existing institutional and engineering controls provide the adequate protection for continued golf course use."

According to a report from the Miami Herald, the analysis found arsenic contamination reaching more than twice the legal limit and hazardous debris in surface-level soil samples at the Melreese golf course, where people have played for more than 50 years. The 131-acre site is being considered for a sprawling $1 billion commercial and stadium complex that would be home ground for Beckham's MLS team, Inter Miami.

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