While Miami city officials and soccer legend David Beckham are pushing to locate a new soccer stadium for Beckham’s franchise at the Port of Miami, several voices who have Beckham’s attention are pulling alarm signals.
A source inside the camp of the former England national team midfielder tells Gossip Extra that the port has drawbacks so serious that it should be stricken from the list of sites.
“There’s not enough land for additional development,” the well-plugged-in source said. “Some of his advisors are telling him that the real money can be made if you can develop the area around the stadium.
“David is green when it comes to building a team from scratch. All he’s thinking about is how much money he’s going to make with the team itself. He’s not thinking about the bigger picture.”
And then, the trend in new soccer-only stadiums around Major League Soccer is to build in the shadow of bigger venues with ample parking. In Houston, for example, the facility is next door to the home of Major League Baseball’s Astros.
“The city showed David land near Marlins Park,” the source added, “and that location is getting a new life.”
Meanwhile, high-end Realtors will be sorry to hear that Beckham isn’t planning to buy a home here anytime soon.
Gossip Extra was told he has been spending most of his time since retirement last year in England, mostly because his four children with former Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham attend school there.
“He’s got a three- to four-year plan that doesn’t involving buying property for a home here,” the source said.
Speaking of soccer, Miami’s pop culture will be present in June’s World Cup soccer in Brazil.
Several local musical talents have been pegged to perform some of the worldwide event’s official songs.
First, Miami rapper Pitbull has teamed up with American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte to perform the Cup’s main tune, We Are One (Ole Ola).
Incidentally, the singers recorded a music video of the carnival-esque song Tuesday on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
And then, up-and-coming Miami singer/songwriter Elijah King beat out thousands of songwriters worldwide and had his song Vida picked to be on the Cup’s album.
His tune will be performed by Ricky Martin.
Said King: “I feel very privileged and honored to have been chosen, and not only because I will be working with one of the world’s greatest artists, but also to be apart of a platform such as the World Cup."
The recent flareup between New York filmmaker Woody Allen and one of his children with actress Mia Farrow clearly has a South Florida angle.
Dylan Farrow, 28, who claimed she was sexually abused by Allen, is trying to live under the radar in Coral Springs.
Well, under the radar is relative: She did write an open letter to Hollywood two weeks ago in which she shamed actors for honoring Allen at the Oscars.
Farrow and her husband are renting a small house here and have managed to stay off public records, but they were found out a few days ago.
Dylan didn’t take well to being followed by paps, but police weren’t called.