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Ross: Public Will Benefit The Most From Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium Renovation
Published April 22, 2013
WHO STANDS TO GAIN? In Miami, David Sutta noted taxpayers “could argue” Ross is the one to “benefit the most” in the proposed financing plan. He asked Ross, “Do they really stand to gain as much as you?” Ross said, “Yes. The economic benefits really don’t just end at the stadium. It’s really the hotels, the small businesses, the restaurant workers, the hotel workers, the taxi cab drivers. They all benefit by what we do and driving people to Miami-Dade County.” Forbes reported Ross’ net worth is “$4.4 billion,” and he made “a billion dollars in the last year.” Sutta noted of the renovation cost, “A check like this would be miniscule.” But Ross said, “Well not really. I have a lot of other businesses that need assets that I continue to support and grow and continue to grow and it’s part of that. I bought the Dolphins not to see how much money I can make but really creating a winning football and enhancing the community.” Sutta asked, ”Is this in your mind a good deal compared to what a good deal should look like or is it just a little better than the Marlins?” Ross: “This isn’t even close to the Marlins deal. I don’t think there has ever been a deal that’s been offered to any community, anywhere in this country, that is as good as what we’re offering and how the community can benefit by it” (CBSLOCAL.com, 4/19). In Miami, Patricia Mazzei explored the negotiations under the header, “Anatomy Of A Deal: How The Dolphins Negotiated A Stadium Renovation With Miami-Dade County” (MIAMI HERALD, 4/20).