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Bill for money to renovate Dolphins stadium, Miami Beach convention center inches forward

The timing couldn’t be worse to try to raise public money for a private stadium — not in a limping economy, not with state legislative leaders opposed to any tax hikes, and not with two Miami-Dade officials kicked out of office last week after supporting the use of county dollars for a new facility for the Florida Marlins.

Still, a state Senate panel approved a measure Tuesday that would allow Miami-Dade to increase a hotel bed tax to fund renovations at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and Miami Beach’s convention center.

The 4-1 vote by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee marked a victory for the Miami Dolphins, who have pushed for the legislation saying a stadium facelift is crucial to attracting future Super Bowls to South Florida. Full story here.