After the announcement of a possible upgrade to the Sun Life Stadium, the Miami Dolphins have not yet whipped up a deal with Miami-Dade County officials. Dolphins executives said they weren’t going to ask Miami-Dade to borrow the money to fund a part of the $390 million upgrade of the 1987 stadium. Instead, they intend in using local hotel taxes and state subsidies. With only six weeks left for the county to vote on whether it should be funded by public dollars, there still hasn’t been any talks between Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Dolphins executives. There also hasn’t been any financial details that will inform the public as to how much the project will ultimately cost the county.
But this hasn’t gone without any opposition. Florida lawmakers are divided because of this proposed project. Some don’t see it as the right move for the county, knowing that there are other issues at hand such as whether Medicaid and other public services should be expanded. The fact that public dollars will be given to a for-profit corporation doesn’t sit right with many. There is still no set date of when talks between Dolphins executives and Miami-Dade County officials will start, but lobbyists for the stadium say they will be happening soon.