Group Working on Selling David Beckham to Bring MLS to Fort Lauderdale

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"I was looking at the area where Lockhart is, and I asked why aren't we paying more attention to development in the executive airport area?" Cary Goldberg, a real estate developer who sits on Envision Uptown's economic board, tells New Times.

Envision's -- vision -- is to make the area near I-95 and Cypress into it's own version of Atlantic Station, the shopping and entertainment complex built in the middle of midtown Atlanta in Georgia.

The concept is simple: build around the airport, raze Lockhart, and use the space to build a brand new sports and entertainment facility that would not only house an MLS team, but also serve as a place where local little league soccer clubs can play.

Businesses, family friendly atmosphere, and a professional soccer team owned by the most famous soccer icon of our time. Pretty nifty.

"There are major companies headquartered in the area," Goldberg says. "Microsoft's South American headquarters, as well as Citrix's global headquarters are right by the airport. And the best thing about it is, there's already infrastructure. We won't have to displace people."

And Beckham and his MLS club playing in a re-built Lockhart would be at the heart of it.

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Chris Joseph
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