Formula 1 is definitely struggling to set up in Miami (Florida). The Grand Prix project, initially planned in the downtown of the American mega-city, has since been shifted to the suburbs after the protest of local residents.
The new plan, presented in October 2019 for an introduction in May 2021, provides for the construction of a circuit in the vicinity of the Miami Hard Rock Stadium, the stadium of the National Football League (NFL) club of the Miami Dolphins.
The Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos A. Gimenez, voted Friday, November 8 a veto concerning the blockage of public roads. Public debates suggested such a scenario as we explained to you at the end of October.
I vetoed a resolution that would impact Formula 1 racing planned at Hard Rock in 2021. I met with #MiamiGardens residents, stadium officials & stakeholders worried about potential noise & pollution. I'm hopeful for a compromise that benefits residents, racing fans & #OurCounty. pic.twitter.com/7pYD29X0tc
– Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) November 8, 2019
"I met the people of Miami, the stadium officials and the owners worried about potential noise and pollution", he explained on his Twitter page.
But the goal of this member of the Republican Party is not to torpedo the event … "I am optimistic about finding a compromise that would benefit residents, auto sports fans and our country. "
The Miami circuit was mostly imagined on the huge parking areas around the stadium. But it would also use for 800 meters a section of street usually open to traffic.
previously, Carlos A. Gimenez had landed as a defender of F1 at Miami. This maneuver could simply allow the race organizers to modify the route and not to go through the public road. Thus, voters' criticism would be diminished.