The Miami Dolphins are trying frantically to convince state and local governments to finance $400 million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium, but their former tenants, the Miami Marlins, may have killed any public support for such a plan for good.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will announce a plan for stadium renovations that includes asking for the state and Miami-Dade County for financing. Recent attempts, including a 2011 bill to raise hotel taxes to fund a renovation plan were scuttled by lawmakers.
The Miami Herald polled Miami-Dade residents in October, and 84% opposed spending public money to build a roof on Sun Life Stadium.
It's been reported that the team will ask the state to raise its sales tax rebate from $2 million to $4 million. Miami-Dade County will be asked to raise mainland hotel taxes from 6% to 7%, with the extra 1% earmarked for the stadium (roughly $10 million a year).
The rest would be paid by Ross himself. The total cost is expected to be $400 million, nearly twice the bud gent of a 2011 plan released as part of the hotel tax bill...
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