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Looming South Florida stadium vote gets some early support

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Momentum is building toward a May 14 election that possibly could kill all momentum toward a proposed Sun Life Stadium renovation plan.

But at a time when the public mood tilts sharply away from what some call welfare for billionaires, early indications seem to be encouraging.

The Miami Herald supports the plan to increase hotel taxes by one percent and give a chunk of the money to the effort.  Then again, the Herald has a clear interest in keeping the Dolphins in Miami.  If the effort to renovate the stadium fails, some think that owner Stephen Ross will sell the team.  And a new buyer could, in theory, move.

Moreover, a poll question posted at the Herald website currently shows strong support for the proposal.  Of course, there’s a slight difference between people who vote on Internet polls and registered voters in Miami-Dade County who will choose to show up at the polls on the day in question.

And with only 714 votes as of this posting, we’ve got a feeling PFT Planet quickly will descend onto the link and cast their own non-binding ballots, which could turn the tide.  Quickly.

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20 Responses to “Looming South Florida stadium vote gets some early support”
  1. wallyhorse says: Apr 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    What people seem not to realize is the fact Sun Life Stadium (originally Joe Robbie Stadium) is now more than 25 years old and likely in need of renovations. The tax proposed to pay for it is not one most people who live in Miami would actually pay, but those who are in hotel rooms, and that is a fair compromise since sports help bring people into cities in a lot of instances.

  2. gth829c says: Apr 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    Hopefully residents of Miami will realize that by rejecting the proposal they are costing the city hundreds of millions of dollars by not having super bowls in Miami. With how much the team is paying and returning to the state, its really a no-brainer.

  3. therealpittbull says: Apr 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    Quit trying to get renovation dollars, give the stadium to the city, and build your own stadium. Annoying when Billion Dollar owners, want the city to pay for facilities, they will make more money from. The only way its useful, is if all other days are open for use by the city and organizations looking to rent the facility. Then, the money accrued from rental fees, goes back to the city for local projects, education, and community development. I like how Houston’s Reliant is in partnership with the rodeo, with MANY events being held weekly at the facility. Stop financing something you can never be a part of.

  4. getitrightflorio says: Apr 10, 2013 10:02 AM

    The best case scenario for Ross would be to move this team to LA. There are more Fans of teams from the northeast than there are dolphins fans. I lived all over the country being in the military for 15 years and by far Miami is the worst football city with even worse fans.

    Now that free agency is nearing end they are already talking superbowl. Very delusional fan base. The media is even worse they are just as bad as the fans… Every the dolphins are a playoff team blah blah…..

  5. getitrightflorio says: Apr 10, 2013 10:03 AM

    The best case scenario for Ross would be to move this team to LA. There are more Fans of teams from the northeast than there are dolphins fans. I lived all over the country being in the military for 15 years and by far Miami is the worst football city with even worse fans.

    Now that free agency is nearing end they are already talking superbowl. Very delusional fan base. The media is even worse they are just as bad as the fans… Every year the dolphins are a playoff team blah blah…..

  6. mazblast says: Apr 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Mr. Ross–You own the stadium, you own the team, you make the money from the team and stadium. You “find” the money to put into it.

  7. ufourya says: Apr 10, 2013 10:23 AM

    Joe Robbie built the stadium with his own money. Mr. Ross bought the whole shebang with his own money. The stadium pays a s**t losd of property tax. The organization will pay back the money over time.

    A hotel tax costs the residents nothing. So, there seems to be no compelling reason to vote against the proposal.

    But, good idea, Florio, let’s all go skew the poll negatively to match your warped perspective.

  8. thingamajig says: Apr 10, 2013 10:52 AM

    Funny how people like higher taxes when it doesn’t affect them.

  9. buzzdixn says: Apr 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    I suggest everybody who has commented on this story go read/research the proposed agreement that will be submitted for approval by county commissioners then, if approved, added to the ballot for a May 14th election for residents to vote on…the agreement will benefit the county more than it will benefit the team…educate yourself by doing the research then add your comments

  10. granadafan says: Apr 10, 2013 11:31 AM

    Ah, the ever threat of “moving” the team when the multibillionaire doesn’t get free money from the taxpayers or the extra tax on guests and visitors, 99% of whom would never set foot in the stadium. There are so many posters and residents who have fallen for this extortion by owners that they’re falling over themselves to approve of this corporate welfare.

    The teams will pay the property taxes regardless of whether or not you the taxpayers are paying for these lavish palaces for the billionaires. So, stop being gullible sheep to the PR departments of these multibillionaires. This doesn’t just apply to Miami where they will ALLEGEDLY tax visitors, but to other cities where owners are demanding extortion money.

  11. omikeyboy says: Apr 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    I always find it interesting when people assume an owner can pull out his checkbook and just simply write a check for 200mil. Yes, Ross is very wealthy, but the majority of his assets are in all likelihood tied up in real estate, and the team.

    Wayne H. did not do him any favors when he sold him the team & stadium for 1.1 billion. It takes a long time to turn a profit at those prices. Why would he not try to take advantage of possible public funding?

    Not that I feel bad for him, anything but. I just find people’s logic interesting.

  12. mhalt99 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:00 PM

    why has there been all that talk about hidden fees and taxes on booking sites………..oh yeah, right….i should pay for the stadium even though i have no care about the fins and it isn’t even football stadium. why not make it a 20% tax

  13. mustafa67 says: Apr 10, 2013 12:03 PM

    They don’t pay property tax, well they do $1 a year.

  14. nobby821 says: Apr 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    As a fan if Tampa sports this is almost sickening. Miami just got a brand new stadium for that should be AAA team the Marlins. Meanwhile the Rays have been begging for a new stadium and can’t seem to get the funding due to the amount of Florida tax dollars already sunk into Miami. Miami fans are the worst in sports no matter what stadium you put there they’re still not gonna go. Give the rest of Florida a break! Go Tampa

  15. bowden5000 says: Apr 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    First of all, the Dolphins are not leaving Miami no matter if it’s Ross or another owner. Godell won’t let it happen. Second, the vote will pass because this is a slam dunk for South Florida. Third, Im so tired of people ripping this franchise and the fans. I’ve been following the Fins for 35 years. Fans from almost every NFL city come and go with a few exceptions. I have lived in Philly for the past 15+ years. I could remember the days of driving all the way up to Foxboro, walking up to the box office window and sitting wherever I wanted in the stadium. No one cared about the Pats because they were a door mat. Everything goes in cycles for most cities and Miami is no exception. Start winning again and the fans will be back in droves. Philbin seems like a good start.

  16. ufourya says: Apr 10, 2013 1:50 PM

    thingamajig: good point!

    mastafa67:
    You don’t know what you are talking about.

    “…Mar 26, 2013 … The Miami Herald’s exceptional break down of the Miami Dolphins’ agreements in the effort … owner Stephen Ross would still be responsible for paying property taxes. According to Salguero, that was a $4 million bill in 2012…” ~ finsiders

  17. floratiotime says: Apr 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    I wish I was rich, and could work the system to get a big chunk of taxpayer dollars.

  18. nejerseygirl says: Apr 10, 2013 2:46 PM

    Do like Kraft did and just pay for it yourself, Ross.

  19. vaphinfan says: Apr 10, 2013 2:50 PM

    @ getitrightflorio

    Lets be real. No one is talking about the phins going to the super bowl because of their free agency pick ups. They have only talked about is did they do enough to win the division and most people say no. And every year you hear about phins going to the playoffs?????They haven’t predicted the phins to go to the playoffs for a long long long time other than Sprano’s second year at head coach after the won the division the year before.

  20. sclazo says: Apr 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    Many stadiums in the NFL was built with tax payers money. Sun Life, Joe Robbie stadium was built by Joe Robbie not the tax payers of south Florid.

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