Miami commission OKs ballpark plans

3/19/2009 - Florida Marlins

MIAMI -- Miami's City Commission has pushed a $639 million Florida Marlins ballpark a step closer to reality.

Commissioners approved plans Thursday to build the 37,000-seat stadium on the site of the demolished Orange Bowl.

Dozens of residents spoke both for and against the ballpark during the public hearing. Many in favor said it would bring jobs to the area's hard-hit construction industry.

The Miami-Dade County Commission also must approve the project before it goes forward. Its vote is scheduled Monday.