Marlins Tried to Stiff Tax Payers With an $11,000 Wine Bill

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Miami-Dade County already coughed up $376 million to help build the new Marlins Park, but now the County government and Marlins brass are in a fight over about $1.7 million in non-construction costs related to the project. The Marlins actually tried to charge the county for a nearly $11,000 bill for wine bought for a party so owner Jeffrey Loria and friends could celebrate the completion of construction.

According to the Miami Herald, county administrator Jose Galan combed through the Marlins bill and uncovered about $1.7 million in non-construction costs. Most of those charges were related to a small temporary sales office located on 7th Street. The County doesn't want to reimburse the team because they say those charges had nothing to do with construction.

ncluded in the charges the County is disputing:

  • $110,545 in rent
  • $259,057 paid to the firm that designed the sales center
  • "Thousands" in FPL and Comcast bills
  • $14,031 for advertising banners
  • $33,226 in office furniture 
  • $9,823 for drapes
  • $299.72 for fabric to cover just three pillows (must have been some fancy pillows)
  • Over $10,000 for wooden carts
  • $1,106 in carpeting
  • $101.63 for a consultant's meal
  • $162 for another consultant's hotel bill
  • $5,568 in attorney bills related to the fight against Norman Braman

The team also tried to stiff the county with the $10,980 wine bill. Though, the team has already decided to give in and just pay up the cost for Loria's fancy wines themselves.

All in all, the team spent $38.5 million in public money on approved soft-costs, including hefty bills to attorneys and consultants, but the county has apparently decided to draw the line on paying for fancy pillow coverings for a sales office. An arbiter will ultimately decided who will pay up.

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$3 Bil stolen
$3 Bil stolen

The Marlins attendance in 2011 was the worst Major League Baseball. (Well almost the worst.) Some college softball teams had more fans. The Marlins have slightly better attendance in 2012 because the taxpayers were forced to divert over $3 Billion to their new stadium. Bad Karma. Customers always want to visit new stadiums. Once. Wait to the novelty wears off. Next year the Marlins will be back at the bottom of the attendance stats.

Clayton Bigsby
Clayton Bigsby

What about the countless Billions of dollars  we the taxpayers pay to support Black people to pay for their housing (section 8) their food (food stamp) medical bills. They trade their food stamps to buy Nike Air Jordans and Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. Every single street in any state or city named after Martin Luther King is a drug infested Black Ghetto . I would rather pay the marlins owner wine bill than to support a lazy good for nothing black chimpanzee

Samson the midget
Samson the midget

Miami New Times reports that the New York Yankees are more popular in Florida then the Miami Marlins. Major League Baseball reports the Marlins rank at the bottom of the league for attendance. Recalled ex-mayor and disgraced ex-mayor Manny Diaz screwed the taxpayers. Marlins owner lives in NY, not Miami. Marlins tried to make the taxpayers pay for $11,000 in wine.

real world
real world

The Marlins in fact do not rank anywhere NEAR the bottom in attendance this year. They are right in the middle of the pack. Your stats are imagined. Mine are real numbers that can be verified.

I agree that the financing of the ballpark was a sham and that the team screwed the city on the deal but at the same time I'm going to call out these posters on their fabrications every time.

Lying is not how to make an efective point.

$11,000 wine bill?
$11,000 wine bill?

To real world,

Obviously you are on the Marlins payroll directly or indirectly, which means you benefit from the $3 BILLION the taxpayers are forced to pay to benefit the owners, and employees, of the Marlins. If you are being truthful then you should have no problem signing your name. Otherwise, keep lying.

real world
real world

What a predictable response. You're unable to answer the questions I posed so you go right into personal attack mode.

For the record, no I am NOT on the Marlins payroll nor do I have any association whatsoever with the franchise aside from being a fan. Your assumptions---just like your fabricated ticket fables---is completely erroneous.

Furthermore, you're ALSO completely wrong about how I view the financing of the ballpark. I think the taxpayers were hosed and the city signed off on an astoundingly bad deal financially.

That said, I also think the best way to make a point is by sticking to facts---not making things up and then getting pissed when someone calls you out on it.

Comprende?

Marlins Sleaze
Marlins Sleaze

Trying to stick the taxpayers with a $11,000 bill for fancy wine is exactly the type of sleazy move someone would expect of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and his midget assistant David Samson. No wonder there are so many empty seats.

Marlins steal (money)
Marlins steal (money)

Like ghetto welfare cheats and unwed addict prostitutes and drug addicts who overdose Getting treated at Jackson, the Marlins steal money to build a stadium and garage GIVING NOTHING (0%) to the taxpayers who built them their playpen.

Get free tickets
Get free tickets

Buying tickets and attending games with free tickets are completely different. Very few people ACTUALLY PAY for tickets. The dirty little (big) secret is that the Marlins give away tickets so there won't be so many empty seats. Wait 'till next year. See who wants to pay $25 for parking and $16 for hot dogs? Plus buy tickets to a team owned by a Canadian who lives in New York.

real world
real world

Again, you're simply manufacturing your own 'facts' without even a shred of evidence.

Sorry, but I'm calling you out on it.

Obviously, you do not attend games, correct? I'll assume you don't because if you DO attend games that would make you a bit of a hypocrite, no?

So where does your "secret" information come from, exactly? Do you have spies who report back to you? What factual basis do you have to support your statement that "very few" people actually pay for tickets. Can you give any actual numbers? Who, specifically, is distributing these thousands of free tickets? Who are they going to?

If you can answer each and every one of those questions with actual facts, figures, and names I'll believe you. Otherwise, there's really no reason to whatsoever---sorry.

MartinLutherKing'sNightmare
MartinLutherKing'sNightmare

whats all the fuss about ??? the marlins stiff taxpayers? what about all the black ghetto people stiff the government off food stamp ,section 8 ,welfare to buy jordans and 24 in rims .now thats a real crime that needs to be addressed all the state goverment offices  are filled with these individuals who "hook up" friends and family to my tax money.   Macy's is filled with clothes that has been used and returned by black people always trying to find a way to steal and cheat and when someone puts a stop to it the race card is used.

Marlins cheat
Marlins cheat

The Marlins are always trying to screw the taxpayers. Maybe that is why so few people actually pay for tickets to see them.

real world
real world

The Marlins already have had 12 home games with over 30,000 in attendance and have BY FAR the biggest attendance increase this year ia all of baseball.

I know that's not what you want to hear, but it happens to be the truth.

You are welcome to whatever opinion you want on how they conducted business (and I share many of those sentiments) but that is not a green light to manufacture fabrications. Attendance is dramatically better. Period.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Its better because its a fancy new stadium and everyone is excited.  Lets see how the attendance holds up next year and the years following.

$3 BILLION true cost
$3 BILLION true cost

$3 BILLION. The taxpayers are responsible for paying interest and principle on the bonds sold to finance the Stadium and Garages. It will cost well over $3 BILLION to pay back the bond holders. In addition, the taxpayers of the City of Miami were forced to give the 40 acre Orange Bowl site to the Marlins. Please be accurate.

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