At a time when many believe that the fate of the renovations to Sun Life Stadium will hinge on an upcoming public vote, the public vote may not happen, after all.
The bill that needs to become a law to permit the use of hotel tax money is in limbo as the Florida Legislature enters the final day of its 2013 regular season.
According to the Miami Herald, the Florida Senate previously amended a “tax administration” bill to including language relating to the Dolphins’ stadium plan. The bill then went to the House of Representatives, and it has been stuck there ever since.
Thursday’s effort to un-stick the bill included a visit to the Capitol from Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Still, some are calling it an “uphill battle,” and others have already declared the measure “dead.”
“Get the obituary page ready,” Rep. Michael Bileca (R-Miami) said.
For now, we’ve got our popcorn ready. If the bill doesn’t pass the House and the Senate on Friday, the May 14 public vote will be canceled.
Which means that Super Bowl L necessarily would be awarded to San Francisco at the next ownership meeting on May 21, since the NFL won’t award another Super Bowl to Miami absent the upgrades that the pending plan would provide.