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Broward County Votes In Opposition Of Sun Life Stadium Proposal

Dolphins proposed using funds from Broward to help pay for Sun Life Stadium work
Broward County Commissioners "voted solidly in opposition Tuesday to a proposal to spend Broward’s hotel bed taxes to fix up the 23-year-old Sun Life Stadium in Miami-Dade County," according to Brittany Wallman of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The bill, proposed by the Dolphins, "would make it legally possible for Broward to spend tourist taxes outside county borders, on the stadium." Even if the Florida state Legislature passes it, approval from Broward commissioners "would be needed to make it happen." Dolphins Senior VP/Media Relations Harvey Greene said the team is "disappointed" by Broward's opposition to the idea, "long before everyone has been able to weigh the merits of a specific proposal." Wallman noted Dolphins CEO Mike Dee had "floated the idea to hoteliers and tourism officials in Broward in recent months, but the team was unprepared to defend it or champion it when the idea became public last week." Likewise, "no one stepped up to support it Tuesday" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 1/11). Sunrise Sports & Entertainment yesterday in a statement applauded Broward County Commissioners for their vote. SSE President & COO Michael Yormark appeared before the commission yesterday to voice SSE's and BankAtlantic Center's opposition to the Dolphins' proposal. Yormark said, "Their request is, in effect, to use Broward County tax dollars to help a privately owned Miami-Dade facility compete with a publicly owned facility in Broward County. As such, we remain vehemently opposed to that request" (SSE).
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