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Miami Dolphins, Miami-Dade mayor reach 'framework' for stadium renovation deal


The Miami Dolphins and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez have agreed to a “framework” for a deal to provide some county funds to a nearly $400 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium, according to Gimenez.

“I think we have a framework for an agreement,” Gimenez told The Miami Herald on Monday morning. “There’s still one or two items to be resolved.”

Gimenez, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and team CEO Mike Dee met Sunday at the Miami Gardens stadium and settled the general terms of the agreement, the mayor said, with attorneys for the football team and the county still gathered to hammer out the details.

“They’ve been working on it literally through the night,” Gimenez told the Herald.

Gimenez and Dee met at County Hall again Monday morning. When the mayor stepped out to go to another meeting, he told reporters a deal “needs to be done by today” in order to hold a special election before NFL owners begin a two-day meeting May 21 to award the 50th and 51st Super Bowls.

Gimenez said he hopes to deliver a written package outlining the deal to county commissioners by the end of the day so that they can set a special meeting Wednesday. The commission needs to sign off on holding a May 14 referendum for Miami-Dade voters to weigh in on the plan.

Gimenez, who had indicated in recent weeks that he could negotiate a deal but not give it his full-throated support, said he will back the final agreement.

“The deal that will come out of here is something I can vote for,” he said. “Because it’s something that I think is reasonable.”

More on this developing story here.