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Written by The Staff   
Saturday, 06 January 2007 16:00

Proposed Marlins FacilityWhile we've heard this news before, MLB is nearing a deal that would finalize a new ballpark in downtown Miami for the Marlins, ending over a decade of efforts for a new baseball-only facility.

The new retractable roof ballpark "would be located in a redevelopment district just miles inland from the American Airlines Arena, which is located on the banks of Biscayne Bay." As reported by Barry Bloom of MLB.com:

The ballpark is projected to be funded in a 60-40 percent public-private partnership between the city of Miami, Dade County and the Marlins, DuPuy said, with the public funding coming from hotel-motel, facility and redevelopment district taxes. A sales or income tax that would directly affect Dade County citizens is not contemplated nor is state money at the moment.

The deal wouldn't have to go to a public vote, but it would have to be approved by the Miami City Council and the Dade County Board of Supervisors, added DuPuy, who has become the point man for MLB and the Marlins on the project.

"Our highest priority this winter is to get a ballpark deal done in Miami," Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball's president and chief operating officer, told MLB.com. "We've had tremendous cooperation from the county manager and the mayor. There have been several meetings and we are really optimistic we can get this done. There's a will to get this done. It's necessary for the Marlins. We're committed to baseball remaining in South Florida."

 
 
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