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SBD/May 14, 2013/Facilities
Dolphins, Ross Spent $10M Over Six Weeks In Campaign For Public Stadium Funding
Published May 14, 2013
WHAT'S NEXT? In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis wrote it is “undetermined when the next call will come for public money.” Indications are the Dolphins “won't knock on that door again” until Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford “vacates the leadership post after next year.” The team “for the short-term” will “continue to play in Sun Life as is, even if the Super Bowl doesn’t.” But “push will eventually come to shove.” L.A. already has “been mentioned, as it always is when a franchise is in need of a better stadium” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/12).
PALM READING: In West Palm Beach, Frank Cerabino wrote under the header, “Palm Beach County Can’t Be Dolphins’ Rebound Relationship.” The Dolphins failing to obtain public funding is “no excuse to be pretending to be tossing away a 26-year relationship with Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens by running into our arms.” That is “like getting jilted by your longtime sweetheart and reacting by putting the moves on her little sister.” Palm Beach County “shouldn’t be taken seriously.” Cerabino: “Who’s going to believe the citizens of Palm Beach County are itching for a chance to pay for a 60,000-seat-football-stadium spawned by spite?” (PALM BEACH POST, 5/12). Also in West Palm Beach, Randy Schultz wrote building a stadium in Palm Beach County “would be prohibitively expensive.” The county would be “mere leverage as the Dolphins tried to get more from Miami-Dade” (PALM BEACH POST, 5/12).