The Miami Dolphins’ plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium died in the Florida House Friday. The defeat could end up costing South Florida millions of dollars in revenue from future Super Bowl’s and left fans in the area asking, what now?
The future of Sun Life Stadium, and possibly future Super Bowls in South Florida, is up in the air Friday afternoon after the Florida House of Representatives failed to take up a bill dealing with the renovation of Sun Life Stadium.
The Florida House of Representatives adjourned for the day Thursday around 5:45 p.m. without taking up the Sun Life Stadium renovation bill. But, some late maneuvering in the Senate Thursday helped get the stadium bill closer to a vote in the House.
The proposed modernization of Sun Life Stadium hasn’t even been finalized but the Miami Dolphins organization is moving forward and planning a job fair to makes sure the project has a diverse local workforce.
The Florida Senate has approved a bill that grants a sales tax exemption and allows Miami-Dade County voters to decide on using tourist dollars to help with the renovations to Sun Life Stadium.
The Miami Dolphins already had two big announcements scheduled for Thursday: the team’s first round selection in the draft and revealing the team’s new logo. But the team has brought out star power for another announcement the team said deals with the Super Bowl.
The Florida Senate appears poised to pass the bill needed to renovate Sun Life Stadium, but the Florida House is a much different story.
The Republican Executive Committee of Miami-Dade County issued a strong message to all local Republicans in the state legislature, don’t even think about voting in favor of the Sun Life Stadium renovation plan.
Eventually, the Miami Dolphins may just write a check for the full amount of the planned renovations to Sun Life Stadium. The team promised Wednesday to pay back some money to the state if taxpayers help pay for the renovations.
The National Football League is holding South Florida hostage for stadium upgrades to Sun Life Stadium in exchange for future Super Bowls. Part of the funding for those games would be from tourist/hotel tax hikes, just don’t ask the NFL to pay those taxes, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.