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Miami-Dade Democrats question Dolphins stadium renovation deal

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The Miami-Dade Democratic Party issued a statement late Monday questioning a subsidized renovation of the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium. (The statement was apparently written before the deal was announced, also late Monday.)

"At a time when we are cutting funding from much-needed programs, I find it appalling that our taxpayers — after our recent experience with the Marlins — are once again being asked to foot the bill for a billionaire sports team owner," Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein said in the statement.

The Democrats were under some pressure to take a position on the matter, after the Miami-Dade Republican Party opposed the proposal last week, in an extraordinary resolution that called out members of its own party.

Read the full statement after the jump.

While details of the deal between Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Mayor Gimenez remain undisclosed, the deal has been described as an “economic development grant.” The likely scenario could cost taxpayers up to $200 million of public money.

“Ross should not be able to pressure our elected leaders to hold a special county-wide referendum in May, especially when there is such a large sum of public money at stake. It’s a month when there is very low voter turnout; therefore, the outcome can be manipulated by large sums of money,” said Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

“And at a time when we are cutting funding from much-needed programs, I find it appalling that our taxpayers — after our recent experience with the Marlins — are once again being asked to foot the bill for a billionaire sports team owner,” she added.

Over the next three weeks, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party will hold town hall forums to engage and educate Democrats across Miami-Dade about the possible referendum. The dates and locations are forthcoming.

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Duh

A little late to the table, Annette. This is why you aren't the state chair of the party. Asleep at the wheel. Tsk tsk...
X. DWS

lydie

The football industry does not need taxpayer money, they just want it, OPM (Other People Money), and this OPM is my money and yours.
The Dolphin should be financially self sufficient.
Are they going to give us a nice percentage of their proceed from the games and memophilia sales, making the investment of the tax payer worth it as they would from any financial institution? of course not.
I vote against it, this is a private investment that we should not have carry.

Cristina velez

I am a voter and I am strongly against supporting another stadium. It has been proven that this facilities do not improve our economy or neighborhoods. Vote NOOO

ELIZABETH JUDD

PUBLIC OWNERSHIP YES. PUBLIC DONORSHIP NO... IF THE TAXPAYERS CONTRIBUTE THEY SHOULD OWN THE TEAM LIKE THE PEOPLE DO IN WISCONSIN...

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