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Miami-Dade County Vote Clears Way For New Marlins Ballpark
Published March 24, 2009
|New 37,000-Seat Marlins Ballpark Will Feature
Retractable Roof, 60 Suites, Parking Facilities
NEXT STEPS: MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy: "This was an extraordinary session, and I thank everybody in the county for their hard work. There is a lot of hard work still to do, but the fun part starts now." MLB.com's Joe Frisaro noted the Marlins are "under lease to remain at Dolphin Stadium through 2010," and with the new ballpark set to open in '12, the team will "begin negotiating" with Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross for a one-year lease extension. Meanwhile, the Marlins will "seek hosting the finals" of the '13 World Baseball Classic, and the team is "confident it will be awarded an MLB All-Star Game within a few years after the doors in the new park are open" (MLB.com, 3/23). But in Ft. Lauderdale, Sarah Talalay notes legal action "still looms" over the ballpark project, as Miami auto dealer Norman Braman, who "lost his lawsuit against the financing for the ballpark and other Miami projects last year, has filed his notice of appeal." And another suit "filed by two Miami activists claiming the deal was negotiated in private in violation of the state's public record laws was filed earlier this year" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/24).
Writer Congratulates Loria
For Success In S. Florida
KEEPING THEM HONEST: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde writes, "Who's protecting what the baseball fan wants? Who's guaranteeing the Marlins follow through properly with all this public money and not stuff it in their pockets?" Hyde "drew up a list of demands" for the team. The Marlins' player payroll "must equal the median team's payroll." Hyde: "Get rid of that measly $22[M] payroll from last year." Also, ticket prices should "hold at last year's average of $18.69 a ticket initially and can bump up at the same pace as inflation." And "no more than $10 for parking" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/24).