Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford should have let the people vote, after all. Because the people apparently would have spoken more loudly and clearly than Weatherford ever could.
According to Patricia Mazzei and Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald, the proposal to increase the local hotel tax to partially fund upgrades at Sun Life Stadium trailed badly based on more than 60,000 early ballots cast.
The nays outpaced the ayes by a rate of 57 percent to 43 percent, with 34,780 opposed and 25,898 in favor of the measure.
It doesn’t necessarily mean the effort would have failed, but it looks to be a sufficiently large sample size to suggest that the rest of the votes wouldn’t have turned the gap around.
The message for the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross is clear: If they’re going to continue to pursue public money, they should do it in a way that doesn’t hinge on a vote of the general public, or on the cooperation of Will Weatherford.