The much troubled new F1 race for 2021, to be hosted in Miami, has its hopes kept alive after the mayor of Miami-Dade County vetoed a block on the route it is set to take.
Despite the fact that the bulk of the track layout uses mostly car parks and land owned by the Miami Dolphons, it does utilise a half-mile section of public road, 199th Street.
Local politicians raised concerns from residents over noise and air pollution, and put forward a block on the use of 199th Street in order to derail the plans.
But Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has been an advocate for the event, vetoed the decision, buying more time for the race’s organisers and stakeholders to convince locals not to block the race from taking place. He commented:
“I vetoed a resolution that would impact Formula 1 racing as planned at Hard Rock Stadium for 2021,”
Earlier this week I met with Miami Gardens residents, stadium officials and other stakeholders who have raised concerns about noise and potential air pollution.
We will continue to work on reaching a compromise that benefits residents, racing fans and our county’s economy.
While I remain sensitive to residents’ concerns in Miami Gardens, I believe it is premature to block an event of the magnitude of Formula 1 racing outright.
Therefore I am vetoing the legislation to reset the conversation to a neutral posture and give all the parties to work on a resolution that benefits the community and allows Formula 1 to continue in Miami-Dade County.
The outcome of that meeting was an agreement by the Dolphins to respond in writing within two weeks to the concerns raised during our meeting, and to show an action plan for how those concerns could be mitigated.”
Sources suggested this week that the race promoters were considering redesigning the track so that it avoids 199th Street and remains solely on stadium property.