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Commission sets special Miami Dolphins meeting

@PatriciaMazzei

The Miami-Dade County Commission has agreed to hold a special meeting Wednesday to set a referendum date for the proposed subsidized renovation to the Miami Dolphins’ football stadium.

Seven of 13 commissioners — Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Sally Heyman, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime, Xavier Suarez and Juan C. Zapata — signed off on Sosa’s meeting request for noon Wednesday. Sosa’s office had compiled the necessary signatures by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, leaving enough time to advertise the meeting, which requires 24 hours’ public notice.

Commissioners are expected to cast two votes Wednesday: one calling for a countywide referendum on May 14, and the other conditionally approving the Dolphins deal, if voters ratify it.

Late Monday, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez endorsed a plan to provide the Dolphins with about $7.5 million a year in mainland Miami-Dade hotel taxes to renovate Sun Life Stadium.

The vote would take place a week before NFL owners meet to award the 50th and 51st Super Bowls. The Dolphins have agreed to forgo county money if one of the games is not awarded to the Miami Gardens stadium.

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