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Today is Tuesday. You know what that means...

If you happen to get that reference, I would like to make this disclaimer: I only saw the show in syndication, never live.  Come to think about it, was it performed live?

But enough about that, it is Tuesday and it is the day that Miami-Dade will consider the Marlins stadium proposal along with a whole host of other measures.

Miami-Dade County commissioners stand poised to greenlight a massive public-works plan that could transform downtown Miami and bankroll a new home for the Florida Marlins.

But there is some opposition.

On Monday, a notable critic surfaced -- car dealer Norman Braman, who eight years ago launched an ad campaign that helped doom a one cent sales tax hike that would have funded mass transit improvements.

''It's a double-cross of the voters,'' Braman said.

The auto magnate said he intends to finance a media campaign and is preparing a lawsuit to challenge a spending agreement that calls for the city to expand two Community Redevelopment Agency districts as a way to accumulate more than $2 billion in CRA money.

Directly or indirectly, that money would help fund a $525 million baseball stadium at the former Orange Bowl site in Little Havana, a $914 million port tunnel, affordable housing and other projects.

At least nine of the 13 county commissioners said last week they generally favor the multibillion-dollar, multipronged plan, though some question pieces of it.

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''None of it is going to help the homeless,'' he said. ``All of it is going to help people who don't need the help.''

While I'm all for helping the homeless, I find it just a bit disingenuous that the same person who derailed improving public transportation is now worried about the homeless.

But he is not the only one in possible opposition.

Last-minute scrambles to brief some county commissioners on Monday left at least one with reservations about voting.

''It makes me angry,'' said Commissioner Natacha Seijas, who said at 3:30 p.m. she had not been provided ''a single piece of paper'' and was hoping to be briefed later by Assistant County Manager Ian Yorty.

''I cannot imagine making decisions without being thoroughly informed,'' Seijas said.

A benefit of the special-meeting setting: Rules allowing any one of 13 county commissioners to single-handedly postpone an issue won't be in effect. That means a vote is more than likely to take place.

Then there is this part which confuses me a little.

While the county vote is vital, it would not be the final hurdle for some pieces of the project. Miami's proposed $200 million Streetcar, for one, still requires multiple approvals from state and regional agencies.

I have no idea if this bill is all or nothing.  Meaning should the Streetcar project fail to get state funding, which is a real possibility, and if that sinks everything.  I doubt that is the case but I honestly don't know if it is or isn't.

But should the county approve the works project, I wouldn't start high-fiving around the room just yet.  It is very possible that lawsuits will follow.

The meeting is at 10:30 a.m.

I'm not trying to be a pessimist but after all of these years, I'm in the club of: when I walk into the new stadium, then I will believe it.