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STREETCAR NAMED DESTINY: NEXT STOP, JOE ROBBIE STADIUM?
Published May 8, 1995
As residents and officials work to incorporate a new city, Destiny, in North Dade County, they won a major victory Friday thwarting efforts to exclude Joe Robbie Stadium from the city's boundaries. The MIAMI HERALD's Karen Branch reports that representatives from Destiny prevented "an 11th-hour maneuver" by JRS Owner Wayne Huizenga's lobbyist to exclude Joe Robbie Stadium from their proposed city boundaries. The move would have allowed Joe Robbie Stadium and Calder Race Course to "opt out" of the proposed city, thus removing the two largest contributors to Destiny's tax base. Opponents of the proposed law claimed racial motivations were behind Huizenga's efforts. Ron Book, lobbyist for Huizenga, defended the attempted move: "All we're saying is, we've got these existing facilities, we ought to have a say whether we want to be in or we want to be out" (Karen Branch, MIAMI HERALD, 5/6).