The Miami Dolphins now have the support of the Miami-Dade County Commission in their attempt to renovate Sun Life Stadium, partially using public funding for the work. The non-binding resolution passed by a 9-4 vote, giving the Dolphins local support as they attempt to get the Florida State Legislature to pass a bill that would officially authorize the funding.

The Dolphins are asking for a one-cent increase in the "bed tax" in Miami-Dade County, as well as a $3-million-a-year rebate in sales tax revenue generated by goods and services at Sun Life Stadium. Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, has pledged to pay for at least half of the $400 million renovations himself, meaning the team is asking for approximately $199 million in public funding.

The hearing yesterday, which ultimately led to the county approval, included several discussion points, including the unpopular building of Marlins Park, the new stadium on the site of the old Orange Bowl, the Dolphins original home, that now serves as the home for Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, during the hearing, vowed that, if the state approves the funding, his negotiations with the Dolphins will be better for the city than the Marlins Park negotiations.

The Dolphins stressed that, with the renovations, Sun Life Stadium will continue to serve as a host site for the Super Bowl and NCAA National Championship games, something that Marlins Park can only do, with MLB's World Series, if the Marlins qualify for the championship.

The NFL franchise also agreed to open its financial books to the county, if requested. While the county did not request to see the Dolphins' finances at this point, they still have time to pour of the finances. In order for the requested funding to be approved, the state legislature has to approve the ability for the county to increase the bed tax, then the county has to approve the actual increase.