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Dolphins to hold job fair for stadium renovation still up in the air

via @doug_hanks

The Miami Dolphins will hold a job fair on Thursday for a project that may not happen.

As the team touts a proposed $350 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium as a job creator worthy of tax dollars, the Dolphins will open up Sun Life Stadium on Thursday to aspiring construction workers, laborers and others who would want to work on the project.

Florida lawmakers have until Friday to approve a bill authorizing the referendum, and then voters must approve a hotel-tax hike to fund part of it. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said last week that owner Stephen Ross would not fund the renovation if the tax dollars fall through, so the conditional nature of the project prompted organizers to call Thursday’s event an “Opportunity Fair” rather than a jobs fair.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who can’t attend may register their qualifications on a website set up by a local employment agency at

The event will be open to all would-be applicants, regardless of where they live, said Rick Beasley, head of the South Florida Workforce employment agency.

Beasley, who attended a Tuesday press conference at Sun Life, praised the Dolphins for getting a head start in lining up local workers for what would be one of the largest construction profits underway in Miami-Dade.

“Some people can be skeptical and say this is just a ploy to get people out to vote,” he said. “For me, I want to make sure we have people in the system ready” to take a job.