Florida Sen. Oscar Braynon in the Jan. 14 article, Dolphins pushing $400M stadium revamp, said unless the Dolphins do something “totally counter to what the Marlins did, nobody is going to vote for it.” The Marlins reached into the taxpayers’ pockets, took a major chunk of the $639 million it took to build Marlins Park that benefitted only its owners, and thumbed their noses at the taxpayers.
How about the Dolphins’ owners taking out a loan and paying it off like any other property owner? That would be totally counter to what the Marlins did.
Or, the taxpayers can give the Dolphins $400 million and receive a 50-percent ownership in the stadium and the team. That way no owner can sell the stadium or the team, pocket the proceeds, and leave the taxpayers with an empty stadium.
J. Ladd Howell, Miami Lakes