Sun Life Stadium commentary by Woodie Lesesne
When the Dolphins announced the forging of an “unprecedented” public-private partnership with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, it cleared the way for a tentative May 14th special election regarding a one-percent increase in local hotel taxes.
Mayor Gimenez said this agreement will allow voters to decide whether or not to modernize Sun Life Stadium. He added that the agreement protects property tax payers, while helping secure the future for Super Bowls, college championships and international soccer in Miami-Dade. Dolphins owner Steven Ross said, this effort can help create more than 4,000 jobs and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
I support this effort because the Dolphins will pay approximately 70% of the costs, will repay approximately $167 million to the state and county, will pay for 100% of any cost overruns during construction, Additionally the effort help keep the Dolphins in Miami-Dade for the next 30 years.
When Super Bowls and big games come to our community, so does business. The economy gets a shot in the arm. There are also learning opportunities for small businesses that get educated on ways to bundle their deliverables in the contracting process. We understand that there is still a sore wound over this issue because of the Miami Marlins stadium debacle. However this agreement is the complete opposite of the one made with the Miami Marlins. I believe the citizens of Miami-Dade County win on this one.For more details visit www.miamifirst.com. Share your feedback with me at email@example.com