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He said, she said turns against Florida speaker

Mike Dee and Stephen Ross say Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford promised them their bill, which in part would have allowed an election on Sun Life Stadium upgrades to go forward, would be heard and voted on during the last legislative session.

It wasn't. Weatherford closed the session without picking up the bill.

But Weatherford denies he ever promised to let the bill be heard as the Dolphins CEO and the Dolphins owner are contending.

“At no point during the process were any promises made to hear the Dolphins Stadium bill on the House floor. It's no coincidence that we haven't heard about this so-called commitment until after the bill died," Weatherford said in a statement to The Miami Herald.

So stalemate, right? He said. She said. Right?

Not quite.

Dee said other people heard Weatherford make the statements the Dolphins contend he said. And I found one of those people on Thursday.

"I was in the room with Mike Dee and Steve Ross and did hear what they heard," South Florida Super Bowl bid committee chairman Rodney Barreto said. "And yes, I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed that the people of Dade County were not given the opportunity to vote and that's a huge disappointment.

"This is a democratic process and [the legislators] were approving nothing more than allowing the people to vote. And I think that's lost in all this finger pointing, that we had an election going on and 40,000 people voted already and they should have had the opportunity to finish that vote."

Sources close to the discussions between the Dolphins and Weatherford say other people also heard Weatherford tell the Dolphins the bill would be heard. One of those persons, according to a source, is Turnberry Associates Principal Jeffrey Soffer.

Soffer, whose company owns portions of the Fountainbleau Hotel and Aventura Mall, was present when Weatherford and the Dolphins spoke on at least one occasion.

Messages left for Soffer at Turnberry Associates have not been returned. 

 

 

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Modern standards. What upgrades, Joe, if you will be so kind?

Can't conceive JMartin pulling tractors. But of course, I washed dishes also. Different circumstances.

To meet the new template?

Greatly expanded "premium seat" area, with a concurrent reduction in upper deck seats.

Reconfiguring the stadium so sideline seats are much close to the playing field to make it a true 'football-only' facility. Joe Robbie had the stadium built the way it is to be able to accommodate baseball and because he believed professional soccer would someday be huge in this country. Time has made both those notions obsolete.

A canopy and/or retractable roof to provide protection from the elements for fans.

We're talking easily into the hundred of millions to be up to par with the newer facilities.

As I said, I'm not a fan of how corporate-driven the Super Bowl has become but I must also recognize it's the reality now.

It is not only Man, but Man AND his Circumstances. Jose Ortega y Gasset.

What roof in Winter here, jrs? People that pay huge amounts of $ for tickets at the SB are snobs, much as the ones that inhabit AAA in these Times, they really don't care if they see the Game well but only to be seen Themselves. Ross has the weapons here to sell the SB to anybody that is interested in It.

Actually, no he doesn't.

Miami would have been the VERY logical choice for Super Bowl 50 as the city with the most experience hosting the game (along with New Orleans).

Nobody considers Miami to have any chance whatsoever at the game--or Super Bowl 51 for that matter.

The Super Bowl is played at the newest facilities, which is why places like Dallas and Houston are now in the regular rotation and others have fallen out. Miami will only rarely (if at all) see future Super Bowls without those upgrades.

Just how it is, my man.

Ha!, Please, We are nobodies here and very much Somebodies.

Actually, yes, Ross has to do a good job of selling It. But, don't come and tell me now that all those rich snobs will prefer Dallas or SD to the beautiful scenery and action that is here in Miami. What is in Dallas, what is in Houston? Pluuueeess

HELLO! I AM POPCORN THE SQUIRREL!

I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND WOULD LIKE TO WATCH YOU URINATE!

As a matter of fact, you don't need to sell Miami at all, especially in Winter. People know.

Still, Ross' Stadium, as it is now, is not conducive to good Football watching and needs modification. But for Us DolphFans here. Only.

btw, there have been occurring very beautiful Days here in Miami for the past week or so where the T is so balmy that you don't know if it's warm or cool. Apparently, the Gods are smiling upon our Fortunes.

THE GOV. STOP CARING ABOUT THE PEOPLE RIGHT AFTER HANCOCK SIGNED.

THE SAD PART IS THAT WE CALL THESE OTHER COUNTRIES THIRD WORLD BUT THEY WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN.

WE SIT BYE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT's WRONG BUT NEVER DO ANYTHING.

WE ALLOW THEM TO SEPERATE US BY CALLING US REPS. OR DEMS. YOU HAVE TO JOIN ONE GROUP OR THE OTHER.

WE NEED TO BE AMERICANS.

THAT's IT.

WHAT HE DONE WAS WRONG IN EVERY FORM OF THE WORD.

WHO IS HE TO TAKE AWAY THE PEOPLE's RIGHTS?

WHO IS HE TO TAKE AWAY WHAT WE AS A NATION FOUGHT AND DIED FOR?

WHO IS HE TO TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF TO THINK HIS ONE VOTE IS GREATER THAN EVEN 5 OF THE PEOPLES VOTES?

THIS IS WHAT OUR COUNTRY COMING TOO?

IS FLORIDA GOING TO ALLOW HIM TO GET AWAY WITH IT?

YES THEY ARE.

THAT's THE SAD PART.

The Dolphins can leave. No one cares anymore. Have you seen the empty stadium on game day?

If the Dolphins re-locate to Palm Beach, then the games wont be blacked out in Dade and Broward when seats arent filled. Move to Palm Beach!

Palm Beach! In 2018 this team could be call. THE CALIFORNIA DOLPHINS FOOTBALL TEAM.

THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN SEALS!!


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Posted by: Bobbyd12 | May 09, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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Thanks buddy, didn't see it until this AM

Posted by: odinseye | May 09, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Yep and the worst part was Ireland saying how good his footwork is....biggest weakness this guy has!

No problem cocoajoe

F-em! Private citizens should not be funding this stadium deal or any stadium deal. If this billionaire wants to upgrade his building so he can make more money, let him do what the rest of us have to do if we want to start/upgrade a business, go to a bank and get a freaking loan.

Its not like he is not going to lower his prices for tickets, concessions, parking, and merchandise as a thank you for the taxpayers who financed this. The only person who will make money at this will be Ross himself.

When you consider all the money that is taken from Ros and the 'phins every year in taxes, I have nothing against Ross getting some public payback to help with the stadium. However, we do live in America and it remains relatively free. People can still take the bull by the horns and make things happen. Instead of continuing to cry over what Weatherford promised or what he didn't, Barreto, Soffer and teh 40,000 plus people that signed the petition can pool their resources and make this happen. About $5,000 per person gets Ross and the 'phins about $200 million. Ross can put in the difference and the stadium can get done.

Stop the whinin' and put your money where your mouth is, south floridians. Besides, who the hell wants to beg a scummy politician for anything when you're perfectly capable of making this thing go off yourselves!

I told you all that Ross was hedging his Dolphin pro football business with the stadium deal.Hes a billionaire after all, he had this planned a long time ago.Too bad polititians dance to the beat of their OWN DRUM(unless of course there are shall we say commissions involved)

Don't buy the spin that Joe Robbie Stadium became a toilet overnight. JRS is fine. Nothing wrong with it. And it is close to my summer cottage in Opa Locka. The only thing that changed was a group lead by Ms. Ross took over and started whining about having to spend some of the BILLIONAIRES! shekels. Boo Hoo. Sell the team and take that puckered anus face back to New Yawk.

Ross needs to go and take Ireland with him!

Take 6 people out of Pasco Co and that tiny county would revert to a WMA. Wild Life Management area. Thinks a ton Weatherford.

Per Dolphin Stadium,
I’m old enough to remember the Orange Bowl being the dreaded place for opponents; in the current stadium “the Mausoleum” crowd ambience is none, while in the Orange Bowl the fans hovered over the field causing madness and pandemonium. Refs pleaded with Shula to waive his arms to calm the spectators; the place was truly for gladiators; if that “Monday Night” game was played in the Mausoleum, Chicago may have gone undefeated that year. It’s like Samson getting his haircut from Delilah; the Miami Dolphins have never been the same…

So many comments/thoughts/energy spent wondering 'what if' the Dolphins leave Miami...NEVER, did I say NEVER? Cause I meant - NEVER HAPPEN!!!
Weatherford's a POS but certainly Ross & Dee have some skeletal remains of which we are not privy to in this fiasco as well. Ya don't play at their level w/out some shady sh*t goin' down from all sides concerned. Thats here nor there at this point. What happens moving forward is what IS important.
Miami is the 8th largest TV market so it'd be VERY difficult for corporate NFL to stand aside & watch the Phins slither outta town ala Baltimore/Cleveland ilk. What was mishandled (unfortunately) with Ross' venture to gain financial aid was simply TIMING, and a little thing organizationally called WINNING!!!. If the request wasn't so close to scumbucket Loria's fleecing of the greater Miami region &/or the team was winning (the degree of which can't really be known that would influence/affect real positive energy - but it would to 'some' degree)this would have gone much smoother. As the Marlins/Loria meanderings fade from public forfront, our day in the sun - as THE most influential sports franchise in all of Florida - will come. It will now go through many more machinations of change/thought/possibilities. In the end...we lost a battle at this time - the Dolphins will win the war & they will remain in South Florida. They 'may' ultimately move to a new stadium but it'll be in 'the neighborhood' if they do or they will get the necessary improvements to stay right where their at. They are not, will not, and can not move away completely. This necessity was born of a desire to host SB's & other major events more so than direct/dire 'need' at this point. A few more years & true need will become even more obvious & maybe we'll be winning by then & that always helps influence results.

The lesson here is: You idiots trusted a polititian! this is your own ignorance...never trust any polititians wether their democrats or rwpublicans, they all lie all the time!!! would you trust a poisonous snake? Adam and eve trusted a liar in satan when he appeared as a snake.....when will the fools ever learn?

Dee and ross done no wrong, they got robbed by a dirty polititian...happens a lot..

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