The issue of public support for the much-needed and timely improvements to Sun Life Stadium will hopefully come before the voters of Miami-Dade in a matter of weeks in early May.
This will allow our community to be in a position to be the potential winner of the bid for Super Bowl 50 and help make the stadium competitive in the long-term for future Super Bowls, college football championships, international soccer and other major events that bring hundreds of millions in economic impact and tens of thousands of jobs to our county.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez made a promise to the people of Miami-Dade that he would give them a chance to vote on a level of public contribution to this project, a referendum the Miami Dolphins support. That is an important difference between this project and others in the past.
We believe if the voters are given a chance to decide if bidding for Super Bowls, college championship games, international soccer matches and other major events that can be drawn to the stadium, and the hundreds of millions in economic activity for our community that those events bring, they will say yes.
We believe the mayor must do his best to get a fair deal for the benefit of our county, and we also believe and trust the Dolphins to make a fair deal. We must let the voters chose their own path. Not in one poll or the other, but where it counts, at the ballot box. The mayor and the Dolphins, standing together, were right to put us on that path, and we are certain they will present a good deal for our community, one which the voters can and should approve on its merits.
Phillis Oeters, chairman; Al Dosal, chair-elect; Jeff Bartel, sports committee chairman, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce