Dolphins owner rips Florida lawmaker over stadium renovation bill

Saturday May 4th, 2013

Sun Life Stadium could be passed over for future Super Bowls if the stadium isn't renovated. (Wilfredo Lee/AP Sun Life Stadium could be passed over for future Super Bowls if the stadium isn't renovated. (Wilfredo Lee/AP

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn't too happy about lawmakers' decision to do nothing about a deal that would have provided taxpayer support for $350 million in needed renovations for Sun Life Stadium.

The team wanted both state and local help to pay for the renovations to 26-year-old stadium.  The Dolphins also wanted $3 million a year for the next 30 years from the state. The vote would have taken place on May 14.

Ross said it sends a "terrible message" to NFL owners who will decide in the near future about whether to bring a Super Bowl back to Florida in either 2016 or 2017. Next season's Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and the 2015 game will be at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Ross directed his anger toward Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford.

“Speaker Weatherford did far more than just deny the people of Miami Dade the right to vote on an issue critical to the future of our local economy," Ross said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk.

“The House put at risk the future of Super Bowls and other major events in Miami, which are so critical to our tourism economy. It's a sad day when Tallahassee gives San Francisco and Houston a victory at the expense of our community.

“This inaction by the Florida House of Representatives is frankly irresponsible and regretful. The most basic responsibility and right a citizen has is the ability to vote. All we asked for was the opportunity to vote to not be denied. Unfortunately, the House chose to deny Miami-Dade residents the right to have the final say on this effort.”


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