Beckham Miami Stadium Plan Gets A Kicking
David Beckham's plans to open a waterfront stadium for his new Major League Soccer (MLS) side in Miami have come under fire.
A consortium of firms have taken out newspaper adverts opposing the plan for the open-air 25,000-seater arena in the city's port.
The alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer are worried the proposed development will damage their aspiration of Miami becoming a more attractive choice for global shippers to trade via the Panama Canal.
To date, only the London-listed cruise operator Royal Caribbean had publicly spoken out against the stadium.
The consortium - calling itself the Miami Seaport Alliance - argued in the advert: "We cannot jeopardise well-paying jobs, like crane operators, longshore workers, and mechanics, for low-paying stadium jobs, such as concession sales."
The group, whose leaders include former Royal Caribbean director John Fox and ex-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles - the car dealer Norman Braman - point to $3bn (£1.8bn) of planned infrastructure investment in the port area to increase its appeal.
Beckham said last month the development of the 36-acre space beside the water would cost about $200m (£120m) and include shops, hotels and offices connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge.
The port's master plan sees convention, hotel and office space on the same site being considered for the stadium.
A lawyer and adviser to the Beckham camp, Neisan Kasdin, has insisted the planned stadium would not interfere with port operations while Miami-Dade mayor, Carlos Gimenez, has insisted the site is one of four under consideration.
When announcing the stadium plans last month, Beckham said he wanted to work with people who opposed the port stadium development.
He said: "Our stadium, our site is all about the skyline, it's all about the water - it opens up to that. And that's what we want people to see all around the world.
"There's always going to be snags along the way. There is going to be people who don't agree having the stadium in certain places."