The Miami Dolphins got the first indication of public support for funding renovations of Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday with a resolution passed by the Miami-Dade County Commission.
The resolution, which passed 7-4 endorsing a 1-cent increase in the county bed tax and a $3 million-a-year rebate from taxes on sales of goods and services sold at Sun Life Stadium, is non-binding. It will aid in lobbying the State Legislature to pass a bill authorizing the funds for stadium improvements.
Dolphins owner Steve Ross vowed to pay more than half of a $400 million stadium improvement project unveiled last week aimed at keeping the stadium competitive for hosting Super Bowls and college football championship games as well as keeping the stadium a viable home for the Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes.
"I think it's extremely important. It sends the message to our lawmakers that Miami-Dade County wants to control our own destiny," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. "It is just the first step. But I think what it does is underscore that there is a recognition what these events mean to the economy of this region."
The use of tourism tax money has received the endorsement of some major hotels in Miami-Dade, including the InterContinental, Loews Miami Beach, Fontainebleau and Marriott. Those in opposition include Norman Braman, the Miami auto dealer and former Philadelphia Eagles owner who sued unsuccessfully in an attempt to block the Miami Marlins ballpark project.
Miami-Dade endorses Dolphins' stadium project
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