Early Voting on Dolphins Stadium Referendum Begins Today, but Election May Still Be Cancelled

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Polling sites will open today in Miami-Dade for an election that might not actually come to pass. Yes, you can head to several early-voting sites beginning today to cast your ballot on the contentious Dolphin Stadium renovation referendum, but the election might end up just getting cancelled. No one has ever accused Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida of being beacons of democracy at its finest, so it's really no surprise we find ourselves in a position of voting in an election that might not even be officially held. 

The Dolphin Stadium vote is set for May 14, but as part of the agreement, the state legislature must pass legislation supporting the Miami Dolphins' quest to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in public money to upgrade their stadium. That hasn't happened yet, and the legislative session ends May 3. So if the bill isn't passed by Friday, the election will be called off. 

As of Friday, Dolphins brass remained confident that the bill will pass -- publicly anyway. "We remain very confident as we head into the last week that the elected officials in Tallahassee will allow the voters in Miami-Dade County to have the final say in this matter, and we're looking forward to the referendum on May 14," team CEO Mike Dee said, according to the Huffington Post

However, things aren't looking good. The Miami-Dade County Republican Party has officially opposed the plan, while the local Democratic Party remains skeptical. Of course, when it comes to these sorts of deals in Tallahassee, we're never really sure what to expect until it happens. 

In the meantime, it's up to you to figure out if its worth trudging to the polling places to cast an early vote. As of last week, 12,777 have already cast votes by absentee ballot, so you wouldn't be alone in casting a vote that could turn out to be meaningless. 


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mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

Ross is worth $4.4 Billion. If it is such a good deal, he can fund it himself. This is another stadium scam.

mfhc
mfhc

joe built the place with his own money and this owner makes joe look like a pauper as far as money goes.

internetinternet
internetinternet

I think the CEO went on TV and showed how negligent the team was in maintaining the existing structure.  He should have fired himself. 

medfonseca
medfonseca

I'm a huge sports fan, particular, I love my DOLPHINS,   however, I strongly oppose using any public money to fund a already wealthy individual for more wealth. a city or municipality should have limited loyalty with any franchise sports team, because that same sports team will not hesitate twice to move a the franchise leaving the city to dry. my vote is NO.  

GoneOrMoved
GoneOrMoved

Don't let us get ripped off again, VOTE NO.   No welfare for billionaires.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

The Dolphins Stadium upgrade I'm on board with, as there is some benefit to the city. Part of the contract requires them to pay money back into the city funds through revenue sharing, and the tax-funding terms requires the owners to host at least a few Super Bowl's and college National Championships along with some other events. There are a handful of ways the city wins. Now, if the stadium was only closer to Miami, or even had a reasonable public transportation system to get Miami residents to/from the stadium, they may actually get some fans to show up more often. (Side note - I have been consistently against the Marlins stadium, that was a complete sham and a corrupt political handout to a rich A-hole with no benefit to the city of Miami.)

Juan Arce
Juan Arce

Lets raise our taxes to help a BILLIONAIRE....that doesn't make sense whether you read it fast or read it slow.....no more breaks for the super rich. You want it, you build it!

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.


it time for more recalls /jail time

keithjam
keithjam

How does this create any good jobs?  Putting a roof on the stadium will bring maybe 10 more events a year.  so 10 days of many minimum wage jobs.  Epic fail.  

Em Azin
Em Azin

I VOTE YES!!! burnbank, your an IDIOT. if you knew ANYTHING youd know that there is pretty much NO CRIME in the area around the stadium. and i KNOW cause i LIVE HERE and WORK AT THE STADIUM. this project will BETTER our area and create more jobs throughout the OFF SEASON. did you forget how many other events we host BESIDES the dolphins?! PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE SOUNDING LIKE A FOOL!!! this change would be GREAT for the community :)

Morris Solow
Morris Solow

$35.00 to park. Y'all can kiss my ass! When was the last time you rode the bus into that section of town? Those Niggas are crazy!

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

Hopefully Tallahasee will have more sense than bought and paid for Miami elected idiots. Stadium is a profit maker for Stephen Ross let him pay for it. The stadium is still in a ghetto with an extraordinary high crime rate. Why more money into a place no one wants to go? Additionally, Ross has tried to buy the Farmers Field rights in LA..is he planning on moving the team to the new LA Football Stadium? Ross needs to invest his own monies in the community that has given him his riches. No taxes for the stadium remodel. If taxes are raised use them to improve the roads, infrastructure and schools in Dade County.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Marlins and county commission, sat the precedent...

mcaloon
mcaloon

@Nick Moss they don`t pay all the money back, ck your facts corporate butt kisser

mcaloon
mcaloon

@Nick Moss vote no, dont give 30 yrs of taxes to private company


mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

This deal is worse than the Marlin deal b/c Ross can (and will) pay himself. If Voters and politicians of Miami-Dade show that they are suckers for these public funding scams, then the Millionaire and Billionaires will be lining up around the block with their hand out for free money. Smart business people vs. weak ill informed corrupt politicians...guess who wins.

ki4hbs
ki4hbs

@Em Azin You want US to pay for YOUR job ??? Hell no....

mowmowsisi
mowmowsisi

Statistically Miami Gardens may be the murder capital of FL. The project will happen, and Ross will pay for it himself.....after the state/city/county say NO.

nevernot
nevernot

@Em Azin  Has it occurred to you that not every citizen of South Florida goes to events there, watches football, or wants even more monies to leave our coffers for the enjoyment of a few and the massive personal enrichment of a handful of people? Remember the Marlins stadium? Thank you for deciding how MY tax dollars are spent. while we're at it lets build me a personal highway from my home to office, it may only benefit a few citizens but what the heck, so will this future boondoggle.

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