This morning the Dolphins will make official what the Miami Herald confirmed on Saturday, namely that the team's attempt to secure hotel bed tax dollars and other tax breaks to help finance half of a $400 million upgrade to Sun Life Stadium would be put before the voters of Miami-Dade County in the next few months. It's a gutsy move by the team. It's also something of a Hail Mary because even though local taxpayers are not generally having to fork over the money themselves, asking voters to approve any tax increase of any kind (even when it's on tourists) is often not a winning proposition. And it doesn't help that the county's elected officials did such a horrible job vetting the Marlins and dealing with that rogue organization as they negotiated a deal for the new Marlins Park. Public monies beyond bed taxes were used in that deal because the Marlins were losing money and promised to field a great lineup in exchange for their deal. Except it was eventually learned the Marlins were making money. And the politicians never got the team to open its books before or after that fact came to light. And after one season of upgrading the roster, the club conducted a fire sale and will field a glorified Triple A team lineup this coming season to save money. So the Marlins and the politicians that voted on their behalf screwed Miami-Dade. And the fallout from that bomb threatens the Dolphins in this upcoming vote. But ... This vote also offers the Dolphins a grand, awesome opportunity. And, if embraced by the club, it can mend the recent narrow but apparent fissure between the team and its fans. Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/02/this-morning-the-dolphins-will-make-official-what-the-miami-herald-confirmed-on-saturday-namely-that-the-teams-attempt-to-se.html#storylink=cpy
Will stadium vote cause the Dolphins to have more urgency this offseason to impress fans, voters?
Miami Herald | Feb 11