Miami-Dade County and Miami Dolphins come to agreement
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami Dolphins have cleared another hurdle in the process of pushing to renovate Sun Life Stadium in hopes of attracting future Super Bowls.
It had been a long 24 hours. Even longer than that for the Miami Dolphins and the mayor of Miami-Dade County, who have been hammering out details of an agreement that would allow them to present that to county commissioners and then have them vote to decide whether or not voters will approve $400 million in renovation for the stadium.
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and Mayor Carlos Gimenez were seen shaking hands in a photo Dee posted on his Twitter account where he also announced the tentative deal, Monday night.
The deal must still be approved by commissioners, and then voters, but there has been progress.
It is a long-term agreement between the Dolphins and the county. The Miami Dolphins want $400 million in stadium renovations and are willing to pay for half. They are also asking for a hotel tourist tax to pay for the other $200 million.
Essentially, it would be tax dollars being used to fund part of the renovations, but they would not necessarily be tax dollars from South Florida residents. Tourists staying in South Florida would be paying the tax.
Gimenez said he supports the plan and indicated it would be a 30-year agreement of sorts. The Dolphins have promised to host four Super Bowls over that period of time, four national championship games as well as some big time international soccer games. If they fall short of that, then they would end up paying a significant amount of that money back to Miami-Dade County and would also pay the referendum.
"We have reached an agreement with the Miami Dolphins," said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "And this will be taken to the Board of County Commissioners, and then they will decide whether to put this on the ballot, and if they decide to put it on the ballot, the people of Miami-Dade County have the final say on whether they think that this is a good deal for them."
"I don't think it's pressure," said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. "I think that we made this very much about staying competitive for major events and bringing major events here to Miami over and over again, and we have a great history of doing that. We need a facility that enables us to continue to do that."
The commissioners will get the bill on Wednesday. If it passes, voters will get to vote on it sometime in May.
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