Sarnoff’s stadium vote


The Miami Herald does the public a disservice by erroneously reporting my voting record on Marlins Stadium and the subsequent bond deal. I did not vote in favor of the stadium, as your July 16 article Mayor to face SEC on Marlins ballpark implied. I voted with then-Commissioner Tomas Regalado against building the stadium.

We were outvoted and seven months later were faced with a second vote for the financing, better known as the “stadium bond deal,” for the parking garages.

Faced with a stadium that was going to be built over my objections and with potentially massive financial liabilities to the city if we didn’t finance and build the garages, I voted in favor of the bonds.

It is wrong of the Herald to imply that I was in favor of building the stadium because I did the responsible and prudent thing by voting for the bond financing once I was overridden on the issue of building the stadium in the first place.

Marc Sarnoff, commissioner, Miami

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