Voters in Miami-Dade County will get their say about funding for the Miami Dolphins' stadium renovations on May 14.

They will, that is, provided state legislators reach an agreement first on a change in state law to pave the way for tourist tax money to be used for the project.

Dolphins officials were rejoicing Wednesday after Miami-Dade Commissioners endorsed a deal to provide $7.5 million a year in county hotel taxes for stadium improvements and set a countywide election to let the voters decide its fate.

But that is like celebrating a lead over the Patriots in the third quarter. Those are significant hurdles remaining, and Miami-Dade voters may prove much more formidable than Tom Brady in a two-minute drill.

"Our sense is that when the facts are known, when the economic development that emanates from this partnership is clear, that we don't bat a thousand but we bat a pretty high average on having people be supportive on what is going to be in front on them on May 14," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. "We think at the end of the day the facts will prevail."

It took 4 1/2 hours to convince commissioners to support the deal that was completed late Monday after a 36-hour negotiating push between the Dolphins and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. The vote was 9-2 to set the referendum.

Voters will be considering whether to provide 75 percent of a 1-cent increase of the hotel tax in mainland Miami-Dade for modernization of Sun Life Stadium — the remainder would be used to promote tourism.

In return, the Dolphins would:

Pay for the majority of the project, projected to cost at least $350 million;