If successful, that would lead to a memorandum of understanding between the city, the Miami Dophins organization and F1 to host the race on a specially designed circuit around Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL Dolphins team.
Miami Gardens is a city 16 miles north of Miami, and its council will vote next Wednesday on the new resolution, which is proposed by the mayor with the backing of real estate billionaire Stephen Ross, who signed a deal in 2019 with F1 to promote racing.
Ross’s previous efforts have been derailed by opposition from local residents, who in October launched a civil rights lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, the Miami Dolphins organization (which Ross owns) and Formula 1 for racial discrimination – Miami Gardens, home to 113,000 residents, is a predominantly African-American city.
It also marks a U-turn for Harris, who voted against the initial bid for the event at Hard Rock Stadium while serving as a city councilor in 2019.
In the proposed MoU, he actively promotes Miami Gardens as “the first predominantly African-American city to host a Formula 1 race of the 23 cities around the world that host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.”
It is also pledging $ 5 million to fund community benefit programs and businesses in the city, as well as a local children’s STEM program that F1 will implement.
The track layout has already been altered to appease locals, as it has been redesigned to avoid using 199th Street, meaning the Arterial Road can remain open throughout the race weekend. The Dolphins organization is also committed to erecting noise mitigation barriers and monitoring air quality and noise throughout the event.
The Miami Gardens activist group, led by former Miami-Dade commissioner Betty Ferguson, said they would continue to fight the race.
“It goes against everything the community stood for,” Ferguson said. The Miami Herald. “I do not know who [the council] think they represent if they support this resolution, but it will not be the owners. “
Initial plans to host the event on the streets of Miami city were thwarted by a group of local residents, who canceled the downtown bid over noise pollution and the disruption it would cause.