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Miami Gardens wants Dolphins property-tax revenue 'forever'

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The city of Miami Gardens wants a permanent stream of revenue from the Miami Dolphins if Sun Life Stadium stops paying about $1 million a year in municipal property taxes, but the team’s owner warned Wednesday that the city cannot count on professional football staying if his latest plan to renovate the stadium fails.

“If I sell the team, I can assure you, with the viewpoint of the politicians and what they want to do, the new owner is going to move the team,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. Ross wants relief from about $4 million in yearly property taxes in exchange for privately financing a $350 million stadium renovation.

“If I'm putting up all the money, how's it not going to be successful?” he asked. “How could they reject this?”

Ross spent Wednesday trying to bolster support for his bid to have Miami-Dade County assume ownership of his stadium, which opened in 1987, a transfer that would spare the Dolphins a property-tax bill that last year hit $3.8 million. That includes about $1 million each to the county school district and Miami Gardens, where Sun Life is the city’s top property-tax payer.

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Sure they do cause what the F else is there in Miami Gardens besides strip joints, snow birds and illegals. Idiots. I think Ross should just move the team. Balk at a guy that is going to foot the bill to bring major events back to SFL. I wonder how many of these politicians give themselves "tax breaks" a year and do nothing in return. The Dolphins deserve better.

Ed Jenkins

The citizens have already spoken and they want none of their money going to subsidize private businesses including professional athletics teams. The political leaders should make sure if they consider this deal that this Ross is not trying to unload a money losing stadium onto the taxpayers.

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