The Miami Gardens city commissioners have decided to push forward with their plans to bring a Formula 1 race to the East Coast of America.
As reported earlier, plans to stage a race around the Hard Rock Stadium had reached advanced discussions, despite facing push back from the larger community. However, with the event being green-lighted by the city commission, it appears as if a Grand Prix is all but confirmed to take place around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
The sanctioning of the event has irked the ire of local residents who believe the race only serves the purpose of the organisers rather than the larger community. Despite an initiative by the organisers to pledge $5 million over a span of ten years to the community, as well as creating internship opportunities for high school and college students. Local residents remain unhappy and slighted.
"Our city council has flip-flopped on us, and it makes us very angry,” resident Brenda Martin Providence told WSVN 7 News.
"The money that it brings to them, it doesn’t bring to us, we still have the same issues."
Politics aside, the decision to stage a race in Miami will please both the FIA and Liberty Media, who own the commercial rights to the sport. With Formula 1 desperate to make inroads with the American audience a second race on the East Coast, is sure to please the powers that be.