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Published March 31, 2014
MAYORAL MALAISE: In Miami, Douglas Hanks wrote the Marlins heading into the new season "still face a tough sell with one of the country’s most reliable niche of baseball fans: Hometown mayors." Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez recently said, "I've never actually seen the Marlins play at Marlins stadium." Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said that he "has attended one Marlins game in two years, an outing with his grandchildren." He does not want the visit "mistaken for reconciliation, after joining Gimenez" in opposing the '09 deal that sent about $490M in borrowed government dollars to build the $645M Marlins Park and parking garages (MIAMI HERALD, 3/29).