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The voters and politicos said no to this idea at the start, for they wanted Sun Life Stadium only if the Dolphins did more than their part.
They would say no last year when pressed by Stephen Ross for an increase in a hotel tax, and they said no when Stephen Ross asked for the Dolphins sales tax to be more lax.
Instead, Miami decided not to threaten to move the team to L.A., but instead work out a new deal where only in the case of big events would Miami-Dade pay.
“We’re close to a deal,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez would tell CBS Miami's Jim DeFede, a deal that doesn't burden too much a county that's fairly needy.
Mayor Gimenez would explain the deal and how it benefits both the Dolphins and the community, and in my opinion, this deal should be approved with full fan unity.
“And if he brings certain marquee events in, we could give him grants for bringing that in,” Giminez said was his intent, then he went on to add, “But the grants are much smaller than the economic impact of that event.”
In the piece Mr. DeFede would explain exactly what Mr. Gimenez meant at the time, an explanation that's so long I won't try to fit it in a rhyme:
For instance, if the Super Bowl were to return to South Florida, the county would pay the team approximately $4 million from its tourist taxes. Gimenez would not confirm the exact amount the team would receive for a Super Bowl but said: 'You’re pretty close but I’m not going to say what that is because we haven’t finalized those negotiations yet, but they are pretty close to being final.'
There would also be set payments for other events such as a college football championship, international soccer tournaments, and other major events.
The deal is not final yet, as Mayor Gimenez still must take it to the county commission, but due to the specs I see, I don't see why they wouldn't give it their permission.
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