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Miami Dolphins want to swap $4 million tax bill for privately funded stadium renovation


The Miami Dolphins want to stop paying property taxes for Sun Life Stadium in exchange for privately funding a $350 million renovation, a deal that would put South Florida in the running again for Super Bowls but also endanger about $3.8 million that funds schools, libraries and other government services, according to people familiar with the talks.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross about two weeks ago, and said he would insist the team find a way for the arrangement not to dent the budgets of the School Board or Miami Gardens, where Sun Life Stadium is the city’s top taxpayer. Under the proposal, Sun Life would revert to county ownership and be free of property taxes, in the same way that the county-owned homes of the Miami Marlins and the Miami Heat are government facilities and exempt from taxation.

“He just wants to be treated fairly,” said Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel. “He wants to be treated like all the other franchise owners from that standpoint.”

The talks mark the first concrete sign that the Dolphins have not let up in their push for a renovated Sun Life after a bitter defeat last year in Tallahassee.

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Juan Valdez

Kudos to Steve Ross. Finally realized it needs to be privately funded.

Everyone else gets tax incentives. The guy is investing $350mm for us to get Super Bowls back. Give him some incentives and take them away from sleaze balls!

ed jenkins

The citizens have already spoken and emphatically states that there will be no more of their money confiscated for the benefit of certain private businesses. They do not miss having the extra traffic and crowds associated with super bowls and suggest businesses who would benefit from these games such as restaurants and hotels give their money for these renovations rather than the citizens who will suffer from these events.


What about tax breaks puts this stadium in the running for Super Bowls again?

It sure sounds like the renovations are what puts it in the running, and the owner is not willing to do that.

Seth Platt

I suggest the Miami Herald or Miami-Dade Democratic Party do a FOIA Request on voter information for Democratic Primary voters named Ed/Edward Jenkins.
I do not believe this person is a democratic primary voter as he states. As someone who is an elected democratic Precinct Committeeman I take great offense by what I perceive to be a republican operative continually posting Republican love letters under this fake persona claiming to be a Dem.
Either this paper or the Miami-Dade Dems have an obligation to unmask and discredit this fraud.
Information on how to submit this request is available here and should cost no more than $20.
You are a very sad person. If you so wholeheartedly believe the things you state, sign your REAL Name to them and stop pretending to be something you are not.

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