Miami-Dade Commission Gives Support to Dolphins' Stadium Upgrade Proposal in Non-Binding Vote

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The Miami-Dade County Commission has now officially put its stamp of approval on the Miami Dolphin's plan to seek tax money to provide upgrades to the aging Sun Life Stadium. Only four of the thirteen commissioners voted against the measure.

The Dolphins are asking for a sales tax rebate and a one percent increase to tourism bed taxes in Miami to help pay for half of the $400 million renovations (the Dolphins would pay the other half, though the NFL may also pick up some of the bill). That plan would need to be approved by the state legislature.

Today's vote in effect will send a resolution to Tallahassee indicating that the commission supports the plan.

"I like to call it, it comes from other people's money," Commissioner Barbara Jordan said at one point. "Not from the money from Miami-Dade County residents, but people who visit our community."

Though, the dark specter of the Marlins' own stadium debacle hung over the decision. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who will be charged with negotiating with the Dolphins if they are successful in Tallahassee, claimed he wouldn't let the situation turn into a repeat of the Fish fiasco.

Commissioners Soto, Suarez, Sosa, and Bovo were the only members to vote against the resolution.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars are poured into stadiums, 
hockey rinks, baseball parks, and other arenas in order to attract and retain 
professional sports teams in big cities.  Often the money is spent by 
the cities after a team "threatens" to leave the city.When that happens, of course, the local news media act as the willing
accomplices of the billionaires who own the teams.When city and state governments build facilities for sports organizations which are owned by billionaires, and raise taxes as a result, it is clearly an abuse of power.



FatHand
FatHand

It's still tax money that could be used for something other than paying for improvements to a building owned by a billionaire. Didn't they say the EXACT same b.s. when approving the Marlins stadium? I can't believe they approved this.

Dicky Bobby Perez
Dicky Bobby Perez

ok so broward county and palm beach count is going to reap the rewards on $ that should be invested in dade county/ city of miami school , and civil servants . I say if their billing address ends up with a broward and palm beach county zip code, increase their single game / season ticket price by a % , and reduce those that live in DADE by that same #%. there must be a way we dont get rear- ended (if you know what I mean)

Liz Fernandez
Liz Fernandez

Wow why isn't this surprising!! And watch this will be going thru. Our government at its best

Ray Djcrunchtime
Ray Djcrunchtime

this is straight BS. I know some way, somehow, they will use our tax dollars to do these renovations. halfway in construction, they will be like " the bed tax is not enough to get the project done in time. we need more $$ from the county!"

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Sorry dolphins you should've swindled us before the marlins did.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

they can move the team for all i care. So basically I have to pay for games I cant afford to go to in person?

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

is New Times against the Stadium upgrade??

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