MIAMI (CBS4) – Attacks over plans to renovate Dolphin Stadium are getting personal.
Mike Dee the CEO of the Miami Dolphins lashed out at one of his biggest critics, billionaire Norman Braman.
Dee tweeted “With the offer that is now on the table Norman Braman is frankly irrelevant to this conversation…When he agrees to repay the public money he accepted for his dealership, we will be happy to acknowledge his otherwise hypocritical stance.”
Auto mogul Braman has been vocal in opposing the proposed stadium renovations which would be funded in part by tourist taxes and sales tax subsidies.
He hadn’t seen the tweet, but says he’s not surprised.
“When you don’t agree with the message and you can’t combat the message go after the messenger it’s an old strategy and there’s no justification for what they’re trying to do,” Braman said to Maggie Newland when reached by phone.
As for the allegations of hypocrisy, a spokesman for the Dolphins stadium deal said that refers in part to tax breaks Braman got for his dealership. A document from Enterprise Florida shows in 2011, Braman Motors was one of 12 businesses that was approved for an Urban Job Tax Credit for creating jobs in Florida’s urban areas.
Braman said Tuesday night that he didn’t recall any tax breaks and he’s proud of the work he and his dealerships have been done in the community.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about. I think what he’s talking about is the same type of malarkey and junk they’ve been talking about since the very beginning of this,” he said.