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Written by The Staff   
Saturday, 10 March 2007 02:15

Proposed Marlins FacilityEarlier this week, Miami-Dade County commissioners backed funding for a new $490 million facility for the Florida Marlins, with the caveat that it would be non-site specific funding. The move was made to allow the site for the stadium to be moved to a location next to the Orange Bowl. On Thursday, the City of Miami backed the plan. As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

City commissioners and Mayor Manny Diaz said they hope the vote will convince the state Legislature to approve a $60 million state sales tax rebate to close the financing gap. Bills that would provide the rebate are making their way through the Legislature.

"I think the state ought to take this as a strong resolution from the local governments down here that we're very supportive, we want a stadium here, we want them to finish the last piece in Tallahassee," Diaz said.

The idea of the Orange Bowl surfaced when officials learned UM is considering a move to Dolphin Stadium. That decision isn't expected until late April or early May, as the city is still determining if it can finance a major renovation of the Orange Bowl that Hernandez estimates could cost $170 million. The city has $84 million and is exploring other revenue sources.

To view renderings of the proposed Marlins facility, select this link

 
 
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