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Dolphins Receive Widespread Support For Stadium Bill, Except In Miami-Dade County
Published March 15, 2013
A TAXING DECISION: In Miami, Douglas Hanks in a front-page piece notes the vote by the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association gives the Dolphins "a key endorsement as the team prepares for a referendum needed to enact the financing plan." The hotel association "represents businesses that would see their customers pay slightly higher taxes if the Dolphins get the plan approved." The Dolphins’ plan would "increase taxes on mainland hotels" to 7% from 6% (MIAMI HERALD, 3/15). Hanks notes among the standard demands from the NFL for communities hosting a Super Bowl is that league employees "be exempt from all local taxes." That would "free NFL employees from paying" an additional 1% hotel tax. Communities "don’t always agree to the exemption." An NFL spokesperson on Thursday said that South Florida "rejected the NFL’s request when [the] Super Bowl last came" to the area in '10. But Santa Clara, Calif., last week announced it "would waive hotel taxes for NFL executives." That "raises the stakes as the Dolphins lobbying team races to obtain state and county approval of the tax-funded renovation by May 22, when NFL owners will pick a winner" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/15).