Reaction to Dolphins Stadium Bill Failing to Receive Support
Not to mix sports analogies, but the Dolphins Stadium deal had three strikes against it:
- First, it failed to pass the House Appropriations Committee, which was its last committee of reference. House Appropriations Chair Seth McKeel said on April 17th that he had no plans to hear the Dolphins bill.
- Secondly, the bill didn’t have support from the local delegation. According to Representative Carlos Trujillo, “I like the Dolphins, I like the football team, but I don’t think it’s the best use of our public funds.”
- Finally, the local referendum was rejected by Miami-Dade voters with 57 percent of the vote.
Even with the millions of dollars being spent, the referendum was going down. The voters spoke…and so did the Legislature. The Dolphins are a great Florida team, and I hope the leadership will focus their energy on constructive and collaborative solutions. Now, let’s all support our Dolphins getting to the Super Bowl this year.
Quote from Rep. Seth McKeel on 4/17/13: “On Friday, I’m hearing the [healthcare] bill,” he said. “Don’t plan to hear the Dolphins bill.”
Quote from Rep. Carlos Trujillo on 4/14/13: “I like the Dolphins, I like the football team, but I don’t think it’s the best use of our public funds,” Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, said last week before filing several amendments aimed at gutting the bill.