The way the Dolphins are spending money, you’d think this stadium referendum was a free agent linebacker.
According to Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins delivered a check for $4.8 million to the Miami-Dade County mayor’s office to pay for a referendum on public money for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.
The money is non-refundable, and will be used to pay for the election, if the election is held. If the Florida Legislature doesn’t pass a bill to approve the election, the county keeps the money.
“We’re willing to make that bet on ourselves and on the voters being able to disseminate why this is in the best interest of the county,” Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “We’re kind of preparing for it like a game. You don’t prepare to lose, you think about what it takes to win.”
It’s a symbolic step, sure. But in Miami, where voters were fleeced for a baseball stadium only to have the owner turn the Marlins into a Triple-A team, symbolic steps might matter.