Sun Life Stadium renovation early voting begins
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MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami-Dade County residents are heading to the polls for early voting on whether to approve a renovation at Sun Life Stadium.
The polls opened Monday at 7 a.m.
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said, "I'm very optimistic. I'm optimistic by nature."
Dee has been leading the public charm offensive for public financing.
In recent weeks the team has unveiled a new logo with new colors and a new jersey.
They've opened up the playbook and it's all for good reason. The stadium upgrade will cost $350 million.
Owner Stephen Ross will pay 70 percent of the tab. The rest will be paid by a hotel tax increase and sales tax exemption, which is where they need approval.
The Fins said the upgrades will mean more Super Bowls and more major sporting events. They argue that means more jobs and economic growth for South Florida.
But they suffered a setback on Friday in Tallahassee. The house did not hear the bill.
The Fins hope the senate will draft its own version of the bill and the house will take up the bill this week. Should they not approve it, the vote on May 14 may not happen at all and early voting results will be sealed. Miami Representative Carlos Trujillo (Rep.-FL) said, "They're down to five days. They are running out of time, and time is definitely on the tax payers' side."
Daytona Beach Representative Dwyane Taylor (Dem.-FL) said, "There is still some hope, and I am hoping we all will accept everything at the end of the day."
The legislative session in Tallahassee will end on Friday. As voters head to the polls the ball is still very much up in the air.
There are 20 different early voting locations.
Early voting ends May 12 and election day, for now, is scheduled for May 14.
Voting locations and hours can be found at http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote_early.asp
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