Racetracks indirectly reimbursed Miami-Dade and Broward counties for nearly $7 million spent on a special gambling election in 2005. Several Miami-Dade commissioners have said the Dolphins should pay for the referendum.
A Dolphins spokesman would not say Thursday if the team would be willing to cover the election costs.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” spokesman Eric Jotkoff said.
Before any referendum could take place, Florida lawmakers must approve legislation allowing the county to raise mainland hotel taxes to 7 percent from 6 percent and providing the Dolphins with an additional, $3 million annual state-tax subsidy.
Under the Dolphins’ initial proposal, owner Ross said private funds would cover just over half of the renovations, with public funds covering the rest. Gimenez said the team’s plan has changed significantly since negotiations began, although neither side has provided details.
Dee announced the Super Bowl award condition along with Rodney Barreto, chair of the South Florida Super Bowl Committee and a vocal Dolphins backer, who pledged that the “core” of any 50th or 51st Super Bowl activities would take place in downtown Miami. The last time Sun Life Stadium hosted a Super Bowl, in 2010, most official NFL activities took place in neighboring Broward.
“You’re going to look for basically the mouth of the [Miami] River north to the Adrienne Arsht Center” for the Performing Arts, Barreto said. He added that the committee has recruited four unnamed event-planning and hosting companies to put together “an incredible production in downtown Miami, the likes that no one’s ever seen before.”
Last week, Barreto’s committee rejected an NFL request to exempt league employees from paying local hotel taxes in exchange for landing a Super Bowl — unlike South Florida’s rival for the 50th game: Santa Clara, Calif., where a $1.2 billion stadium is being built for the San Francisco 49ers.