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Miami Dolphins campaign blasts Florida House


Jorge Arrizurieta and H.T. Smith, who co-chaired the Miami Dolphins' campaign for a subsidized renovation to Sun Life Stadium, bashed the Florida House of Representatives late Friday for squashing the football club's plans.

Lawmakers ended the annual legislative session without taking up a Dolphins-backed bill that would have allowed Miami-Dade County to ask voters if they wanted to raise the hotel-tax rate to fund part of the $350 million in upgrades.

"While the Tallahassee politicians found time to raise the contribution limits for their fundraising, they said they couldn't find time to let the people of Miami-Dade make their voices heard," the men said in a statement.

Read the full statement below.

“By leaving Tallahassee without letting the people of Miami-Dade vote on the modernization of Sun Life Stadium, the Florida House clearly showed our community that they would rather play politics than do the right thing.
While the Tallahassee politicians found time to raise the contribution limits for their fundraising, they said they couldn’t find time to let the people of Miami-Dade make their voices heard.
While they pushed their political agenda, the House leaders refused to support the effort that would create over 4,000 jobs and provide a much-needed boost to our local economy.
The House put at risk the future of Super Bowls and other major events in Miami, which are so critical to our tourism economy. It’s a sad day when Tallahassee gives San Francisco and Houston a victory at the expense of our community.
This inaction by the Florida House of Representatives is frankly irresponsible and regretful. The most basic responsibility and right a citizen has is the ability to vote. All we asked for was the opportunity to vote to not be denied. Unfortunately, the House chose to deny Miami-Dade residents the right to have the final say on this effort.
From the small business owners who depend on major events to grow their companies, to the unemployed construction workers who came to our Opportunity Fairs, as well as the members of clergy who wanted to do what is right for their community, and all of our supporters across Miami-Dade, we would like to thank them for their support."


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Money Talks

How about a s**t show campaign. That's what they got. Their money's worth.


I believe this defeat for the Dolphins and Sun Life was in no small part due to the incredibly biased "reporting" done by the Herald. The piece this morning about double dipping was especially specious. That said, what works in the America we have today is to demonize, from day one, successful entrepreneurs. Self-made white guys are now the enemy. It worked with Romney, it worked with Ross. Heaven help us all.


Lest there be no mistake, the guy doing the 4th quarter dirty work this morning was Toluse Olorunnipa. The new journalism is all about feeling, nothing about fact. Carry on.


Um ... somebody ought to ask the basic question ... if the expected return on investment from pumping rehab money into the stadium was so certain and so good, why would the owners want taxpayer money invested instead of putting their own money into it or raising the investment money on the private market? Perhaps, the reason the club went for taxpayer money is because they knew they couldn't sell the deal to the private money market.


If the ROI was increased employement and tourism and therefore tax base for the entire community, how again would a private firm capitalize on all of this?


They are bluffing when they say they are going to move, and Dee act like he is entitled to a handout, he is pure trash for him to have such a sense of entitlement. I say no to fixing their private stadium with tax money.

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