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Dolphins stadium bill sponsor: 'It's looking bleak'


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(Scott Keeler/Times Photo) Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, sits in Florida Senate Friday.


The prime sponsor of the Miami Dolphins’ stadium renovation effort said a proposal in Tallahassee is “looking bleak,” with just hours to go in the Florida Legislature’s session.

Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, met with House Speaker Will Weatherford on Friday, on the floor of the House, where the stadium effort has stalled for weeks. 

“It’s looking bleak,” he said after the impromptu meeting with Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. “It’s looking bleak.”

In a last-minute twist Thursday, the Florida Senate amended a mundane “tax administration” bill by adding language related to the Dolphins’ tax plan. Senators then sent the bill to the House, where the Dolphins’ efforts have been stalled.

But it’s not clear if the bill will even come up for a vote. Braynon gave it a 10 to 15 percent chance.

Braynon has called on Weatherford to bring the bill up for a vote in the House, but Weatherford hasn't committed to do so.

Weatherford said Thursday that the Dolphins faced an "uphill battle."

 More details on the last-minute stadium effort here.