Commissioners to hold meeting on Sun Life
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Seven Miami-Dade County commissioners have signed off on having a special meeting to discuss spending millions of county dollars on renovations to the Sun Life Stadium.
That meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Stephen P. Clark Center after Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez agreed to terms of the plan that will lead to a $400 million face-lift for the stadium.
Dee and Gimenez were seen shaking hands in a photo Dee posted on his Twitter account where he also announced the tentative deal, Monday night.
"The devil's in the details," said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo about the commissioners' interest in spending time to look over this agreement, "so we need to look at those details and make sure it's a good deal for the public.
The hope is that the renovations will impress the NFL so that the stadium can host Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman said, "I love that imagery, especially in January, early February, when everyone's in one-layer of clothes and you are broadcasting, and everyone else is in six layers of clothes when they have to shovel that snow. I mean that resonates here."
If commissioners approve the agreement, it could then end up on a ballot as early as May for the approval of voters. "There's a lot of anxiety and a lot of mistrust on behalf of the public with any of these kind of deals," said Bovo.
Those pumping gas across the street from the stadium offered a mixed bag of responses of what they think. "I'm totally against it," said one man.
"Joe Robbie built that stadium with his own funds," said Ed Lopez. "I don't see why anyone else can make a restoration with their own funds."
"I think it will be great," said a woman at the gas station. "It will be great for the economy."
That's the kind of voter the Dolphins hope will show up on election day... provided the election is held. After Monday's deal, the team has some momentum. "It's been a really constructive process," said Dee.
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 for the costs of holding the election.
Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross released a statement that read, "When the people of Miami-Dade go to the polls, we are confident they will support this partnership, where the Dolphins will pay approximately 70 percent costs, will repay approximately $167 million to the state and county, will pay for 100 percent of any cost overruns during construction, and will be committed to staying in Miami-Dade for the next 30 years."
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