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Dolphins Propose State Bill To Fund $3M In Stadium Renovations
Published January 16, 2013
TO BE, OR NOT TO BE? In West Palm Beach, Dave George writes he is “dead sober in this matter, and dead against pouring cash into a stadium that is owned by a man who has talked of building a waterpark right across the street as an amusing sidelight.” George: “Not this time. It’s too soon after the Marlins’ feeding frenzy, and too much to ask” (PALM BEACH POST, 1/16). But in Ft. Lauderdale, Omar Kelly wrote, “Don't just take a stand against the Sun-Life Stadium public-private partnership plan because you've been burned by other owners, or you feel our tax dollars can be spent better. Think about the alternative. Think about losing Super Bowls and the National Championship game IF we let the stadium continue to fall behind the newer facilities” (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 1/15). In Miami, Greg Cote asked fans how they feel about the Dolphins’ $400M stadium-improvement plan “that seeks close to half that money in public funds.” A total of 57% voted, “I’m for the plan as it is. A Private/public cooperative is logistical and fair.” A total of 35% voted, “I’m for the improvements, but let Ross pay. Enough with using tax money.” While a total of 5% voted, “I’m against the plan. The stadium is fine as is” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/15).