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Is it me or does this feel like a case of deja vu all over again? :mischief2

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/cont...tadiumfeed.html

Officials work on funding plans for Marlins stadium

By Charles Elmore
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Florida Marlins, who are preparing for Friday's home opener, don't expect the state to decide whether to pay $60 million to help fund a new stadium until the legislative equivalent of the ninth inning.

"It's touch and go," a team official said Thursday. "We won't know until May." Given recent history, it wouldn't be a big surprise if the question wasn't resolved until May 4, the conclusion of the 60-day legislative session.

Oddly enough, if state money is approved after years of failure, the news might arrive before the Marlins know exactly where a $490 million, retractable-roof stadium would be built. Miami and Miami-Dade County have approved a baseball financing plan for a site "to be determined." The Orange Bowl site has surpassed downtown as the leading contender for a 37,000-seat facility.

The University of Miami Hurricanes are considering playing their football games in Dolphin Stadium, the current leased home of the Marlins. The Little Havana setting of the Orange Bowl appears to be where the largest bloc of county and city commissioners wants the Marlins to go.

Even as they seek to accommodate a new Marlins stadium, Miami commissioners are grappling with ways to rehab the Orange Bowl itself for the Hurricanes.

There probably will not be enough money to spend on two buildings.

For years, attempts to secure state money for a baseball stadium have collapsed at the last minute.

This year brings higher hopes for the club: Gov. Charlie Crist has supported a stadium from the start. House Speaker Marco Rubio, R?Miami, is an enthusiastic backer, and top Senate leadership has not opposed it.

Marlins stadium bills advanced through Senate and House committees without much trouble early in the session. But fervor for the stadium could wane as legislators are forced to make tough choices about education and social spending in a slowing economy.

Another issue: The Marlins already got $60 million from the state to retrofit Dolphin Stadium for baseball. The state's eight other pro franchises might also want their second bite of the apple, and at least one competing bill would give them that.

Two lawmakers have proposed requiring voter approval by referendum of any stadium spending. That idea might not have enough votes to pass, but it signals some pockets of skepticism about spending on the Marlins.

Under a financing plan approved in early March, Miami-Dade County would contribute $145 million in hotel bad taxes. The city would pledge $108 million in hotel and tourist taxes.

The Marlins promise $207 million, mostly in the form of rent payments. The club also would cover cost overruns. That leaves the state to pitch in $60 million to cover $30 million in construction bonds. And probably means another legislative contest not decided until late in the game.
 

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Everything is being left for the last minute up there....which can mean one of two things:

1) We run out of time like in the past.
2) The dam breaks open and water rushes through.
 

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I think they just reprint these articles every year and change the date.
 

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The Orange Bowl site has surpassed downtown as the leading contender for a 37,000-seat facility.

not very happy about this...
 

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If the Canes do leave the Orange Bowl, the money to renovate the OB could become available for the Marlins....very remotely possible.
 

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