The Florida Marlins won their biggest vote in franchise history Thursday when Miami commissioners approved building a new stadium in a 3-2 vote.
Supporting the stadium: Joe Sanchez, Angel Gonzalez and Michelle Spence-Jones, the swing vote. Against: Marc Sarnoff and Tomás Regalado.
Also approved, by a 4-1 vote, was a bid waiver for a private contractor to work around the facility. The super majority was required for the bid waiver, and Sarnoff joined the majority. The final issue before the commission, dealing with an inter-local agreement, passed unanimously. The approval drew a round of applause from project supporters.
The stadium's approval keeps the project alive -- and facing a final vote before county commissioners Monday.
The vote came after more than four hours of discussion and public input on the city of Miami's share of the Florida Marlins plan to build the team the permanent home it has craved for a decade.
Earlier in the day, 73 people took to the podium arguing for and against the $634 million stadium and parking facility plan. Most -- many unemployed construction workers -- wanted the stadium built after hearing promises of jobs, jobs, jobs.
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