While the Miami Dolphins are on a helmet-in-hand charm offensive for a $400 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium, an attorney for owner Stephen Ross is maneuvering to lower the team’s property taxes.
According to records, real estate lawyer Jeffrey Mandler has notified the county’s Value Adjustment Board that the Fins will be appealing the $3 million they were charged last year.
In an unusual arrangement, the team pays property taxes despite Miami-Dade County’s ownership of the stadium land.
No records indicating how much the Dolphins think they should pay, or the basis for Mandler’s request, will be available until a hearing before an independent appraiser in late May, according to a VAB official.
At the meeting, Mandler will be able to argue why he thinks that the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser’s assessed value of the facility, $128,058,879, is unfair.
It’s the second year in a row Mandler notified the board of an appeal, according to records. Last summer, he withdrew the appeal of 2011 taxes.
Mandler did not respond to a call and an email for comment.
Said Ron Book, a Dolphins lobbyist: “We’re one of the only sports team in the country that pays property taxes and gets nothing in return.
“We pay for our own police, fire, EMT and waste haul. Plus, we pay a water surcharge.”
If rapper Lil Wayne wants to continue using his Miami Beach toys, he’ll have to pony up some young money.
A lawyer is gearing up to confiscate some of the entertainer’s assets in South Florida, including his prized cars and fancy waterfront home on La Gorce Island.
Lil Wayne and production company Young Money lost a $2.2 million judgment in November in California.
Last month, the same court awarded the plaintiff’s lawyer, Miami’s David Goldstein, $1.2 million in legal fees.
In all, the 30-year-old singer of Lollipop owes $3.4 million.
According to county records, Goldstein is moving to have the Cali judgment domesticated to Florida so that he can go after the singer’s stuff.
Goldstein declined comment, and Weezy’s publicists did not return calls.
Goldstein is said to be eyeing his $11.6 million house and $2 million black Bugatti Veyron.
A jury found Lil Wayne cut producer Quincy Jones III out of potential profits by blocking the release of a doc about him.
You’ve heard of celebrity death pools. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has come up with a variation: the Kim Rothstein sentencing pool!
Rothstein, 38, wife of imprisoned Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, recently pleaded guilty to hiding $1 million worth of goodies the feds wanted to seize. She faces five years in prison at her sentencing April 19.
At its April 16 lecture about the Rothstein saga by author Chuck Malkus, the festival will hold a sentencing pool.
Anyone who guesses the length of Kim’s time behind bars picks between a TV and a beachweekend. Second place gets the leftover.