Dolphins host stadium renovation job fair
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A job fair that was announced by Miami Dolphins officials earlier in the week will be held Thursday.
"Draft Day" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. Attendees may participate in interview and resume workshops.
Miami Dolphins officials announced Tuesday that the purpose of "Draft Day" is to fill job positions for the proposed Sun Life Stadium renovation project.
"We're here today to announce an exciting partnership with a group that has a proven track record when it comes to hiring a local and diverse workforce," said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee about Operation 305, an initiative that aims to include local businesses and people in projects like the Dolphins' undertaking.
Dee said 70 percent of the jobs will be filled by Miami-Dade County candidates. "We take those aspirational goals and that commitment to, not only a workforce that's Miami-Dade, but a diverse workforce that reflects this community," he said. "We take that commitment very seriously."
Operation 305 was founded during the planning phase of the Port Miami Tunnel project. Eighty-two percent of the workforce on the tunnel site is local. "There is a vast wealth of talented folks and businesses here that we're going to tap," said Operation 305 founder Chris Hodgkins.
The Dolphins claim they need to fill close to 4,000 jobs. While they said the project will have a local spin, some opponents, like Cutler Ridge Mayor Ed MacDougall, argue these renovations will benefit Dolphins owner Stephen Ross more than it will local job seekers and taxpayers. "The fact remains, this is essentially a private enterprise," MacDougall said. "This is a sports team that a man owns, and he should pay for it himself."
Urbieta Oil executive Carlos Lopez said he hopes to win a bid on the planned project to employ 15 people with his company. "If it's a Dade project, it should be Dade businesses that get the opportunity," he said.
On Monday, the State Senate voted in favor of the details behind the sports package. The vote in the House and a signature from Governor Rick Scott remain pending.
Dee said he is confident the project will clear state government and voters. "We're hopeful that, at the end of the day, that common sense will reign supreme," he said.
If given the green light, the Dolphins will be accountable for 70 percent of the cost of the modernization project. The final cost is estimated at around $350 million. Hotel bed taxes will cover the remaining balance.
The ultimate goal of the Dolphins' efforts is to attract future Super Bowls and big sporting events in South Florida.
For more information on the Dolphins' Job Opportunity Draft Day, go to: https://iapps.southfloridaworkforce.com/dolphinsrenovation/CWPJobSeeker.aspx
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