Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee returned from Tallahassee on Friday afternoon touting the approval by a Florida House subcommittee of a bill that would allow for a partly tax-funded redo of the team's Miami Gardens stadium
Dee said Friday morning's hearing by the finance and tax subcommittee "definitely shows we have real momentum and traction."
"We're playing this one game at a time," Dee said at a hastily called news conference at Sun Life Stadium.
Dee said he did not speak to critic Norman Braman in Tallahassee -- "Is that who that was?" Dee joked -- and would not say how much or if the NFL would contribute to the $400 million renvation.
Dee, who has been the team's public face during its renovation campaign, also disputed opposing comments made in Tallahassee by Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, who said more than a dozen other Miami-Dade mayors also opposed the bill. MacDougall's comments were not "representative" of what Dee has heard from the mayors, Dee said. (MacDougall said Thursday he and Braman have joined together to oppose the bill.)
Dee acknowledged the divisions among Miami-Dade lawmakers, several of whom opposed the bill in committee. "This is a split delegation on this point," Dee said, adding: "I'll stay out of those intramural politics."
Dee appeared to arrive to the stadium via helicopter -- at least, the sound of a helicopter preceded Dee's arrival by about 10 minutes. When asked, Dee didn't clarify his mode of transportation to the stadium.
"No, I flew back from Tallahassee," he said. After being pressed, he added: "Let's talk about where we're going, not where we've been."