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Dolphins give Miami-Dade $4,784,337 check to pay for stadium referendum

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Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee hand-delivered a check Friday to Miami-Dade County to cover the costs of holding a special May 14 election to ask voters to subsidize part of a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium.

Total: $4,784,337. (It's the single largest check the Dolphins or the stadium has ever written, according to a team spokesman.)

The money is non-refundable -- even if Florida lawmakers fail to approve Dolphins-backed legislation by the end of the annual session on May 3, forcing the referendum to be canceled.

Miami-Dade needs prior state approval to raise the hotel-tax rate to 7 percent from 6 percent to help fund the renovation. The Dolphins, who officially launched their political campaign Thursday, have also asked for an additional $3 million state sales-tax subsidy.

Hand-written on the check's memo field is "TO KEEP MIAMI FIRST" -- the Dolphins' campaign slogan. 

Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County