SBD/January 7, 2011/Facilities

Broward County Opposed To Chipping In On Dolphins' Renovation

Dolphins' plan for neighboring county to help pay for stadium renovations not sitting well
A plan for Broward County (Fla.) to “send its tourist taxes to jazz up the Dolphins' stadium could be dying just hours after the first public unveiling,” according to Wallman & Wyman of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The proposal from Dolphins CEO Mike Dee “would have state law changed to allow hotel taxes from tourists in Broward County to be spent" in Miami-Dade County to renovate Sun Life Stadium. But when word of the team's plan “blasted onto the public stage, no big crowd of political cheerleaders leaped to tout it.” Local officials opposed to the idea contend that Broward “needs all the money it can get and should keep the funds." Wallman & Wyman note even if the Florida state Legislature passes the proposal, the Broward County Commission still “would have to approve it, too.” Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said, "I've already told them it's going to be a tough sell." Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said, "My gut reaction is I am staunchly against it. If they want to spend money on their stadium they should talk to the taxpayers of Miami-Dade. … I'm a sports fan, but absolutely not." Broward Mayor Sue Gunzburger and Commissioner Lois Wexler also have said that "they're opposed" to the measure. Gunzburger: "I have no intention to fund a stadium or renovate a convention center in Miami-Dade County with Broward dollars" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/7).
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