Miami-Dade County is challenging $1.7 million in costs — from pillow cases to drapes to brochures — that the Miami Marlins believe should be credited toward their part of the construction bill for the new ballpark in Little Havana.
All of the claims being questioned by the county relate to the ballclub’s small sales office that sat next to the stadium parking garages on Northwest Seventh Street.
The team is seeking to recover $14,031 for advertising banners, thousands spent on Comcast cable and Florida Power & Light bills, $110,545 it put toward rent, and $259,057 paid to the A2 Group, the firm that designed the center. The team also spent $33,226 on office furniture, $9,823 on the drapes, and $299.72 for fabric to cover three pillows — all items the county has chosen to fight.
Also on the Marlins soft-cost list: $10,980 in wine, purchased for a celebration by ownership and some friends at the sales office after construction was finally complete. The county said the Marlins have already agreed to waive that item.
“If I were the mayor, I’d certainly hire an outside group, forensic accountants, to look into this,” [Norman] Braman told the Miami Herald. “Wine bills … what do all those have to do with construction? It sounds like rip-off number two to me.”