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Foes of Miami Dolphins' stadium bill to travel to Tallahassee

@PatriciaMazzei

Norman Braman has found an ally in his opposition to the Miami Dolphins' proposed stadium redo, which would be partly funded by state and county tax dollars.

Ed MacDougall, mayor of Cutler Bay, a town in South Miami-Dade County, revealed at a Miami-Dade League of Cities meeting Thursday night that he plans to spend his own money to set up a political committee to campaign against the Dolphins' efforts, if necessary. He plans to name it Stop the Stadium Madness.

"I'm in favor of a man who has $4.4 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, paying for it himself," MacDougall, a self-described Dolphins fan, said of the team's owner, Stephen Ross.

MacDougall said he and Braman would be traveling to Tallahassee on Friday morning to speak against HB 165 at a Florida House finance and tax subcommittee hearing. Braman, a Miami auto magnate and billionaire himself, has not given MacDougall any money, the mayor said, but the two have met and agreed to partner in their opposition.

MacDougall, a Republican in a nonpartisan post, urged other mayors to join them, saying some 20 mayors have told him privately that they too think the stadium redo -- funded in part by a state sales-tax subsidy and by a hike in mainland Miami-Dade hotel taxes -- could mean less public money available for their cities.

"You don't work for anyone else but the people that you serve," he said. "We need sidewalks. Our streets, they need work."

At the League of Cities meeting, held at the Miami Shores Country Club, MacDougall spoke after Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, who said he, too, is against "stadium madness." Dee, who has been reticent to mention the Miami Marlins, whose largely publicly funded stadium may kill the Dolphins' plan in a potential referendum, according to a poll released this week.

"We've been accused by the Marlins of launching a smear campaign against them, which was quite amusing," Dee said. "We have learned from their campaign, which is, whatever they did, we'll do the opposite."

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lmmd

Mr. Dee, If you've learned from the marlins fiasco then pray tell why on earth are you asking for *ANY* public monies?

dolphinatrix

Do you miamians realize that the dolphins are not under any contract to stay in miami and this stadium upgrade will lock them to your city again. If I was Ross I Would tell you to kick rocks and move to LA. Atlanta is building a NEW stadium for their Falcons with a similiar split and are happy about it. The Dolphins are NOT the Marlins and are the ONLY undefeated team in NFL history. Pay for upgrades or I hope they leave you. I live in Utah and have no NFL team in my city and LOVE the Dolphins, haven't missed a play in 9 years and IMO you are being stupid. Don't know what ya got till its gone.

alex stetson

@dolphinatrix, easy to talk when you're thousands of miles away and your PUBLIC tax dollars are the ones being spent on a PRIVATE company.

dolphinatrix

The dolphins create more income for your city than the 200 mill you would spend. I believe super bowl 50 would about cover it.

alex stetson

Get your facts straight buddy. The cost of the renovation is $400 million. The tourist tax will be raised, the city will give $3 million a year to the team, and allow it to have even more tax breaks for concessions. The PEOPLE who may/may not end up paying for this will not see the rewards of a Super Bowl profit because it ends up in the Dolphins pocket. You're one of those jokes that sits on the sidelines, Utah in this case, and just screams useless information. Why don't you come over here and we'll put you to work so you can pay for the stadium renovations?

dolphinatrix

Miami pays 200 mill and ross pays 200 mill how is that 400 mill for you? Also it is 3 million a year in TAX breaks not cash money. And every business owner that gets money from all of the visitors pays more taxes on their revenues that they earn from the orange bowl, super bowl, and the BCS championship........And I would love to chip in for my teams facilities even living in utah and I actually do because my house is plastered in Dolphins gear and when I go to miami to see games I am happy to pay a measly 1% tax increase on my hotel room as well. Like I said, don't know what ya got till its gone.

dolphinatrix

Thanks for reading joke buddy.

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