Miami-Dade commissioner is open to stadium deal

11/25/2013 12:01 AM

09/08/2014 6:58 PM

Ross may up ante for stadium funds

Stephen Ross has pledged to dig even deeper into his pocket the next time he makes a push for tax dollars for his aging stadium.

It's probably a necessity.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Pepe Diaz said Sunday that he thinks “something still could happen” on the public-financing front, but “that is up to them, not us.”

Diaz, one of eight commissioners who voted for the stadium deal that ultimately died in the Florida statehouse, said he was encouraged by Ross’ willingness to sweeten the deal.

However, the Dolphins have not formally contacted the county about another try for public dollars since the last go-round failed to even go before voters. Diaz again stressed that any potential deal must have the support of the public.

“Do we need a roof? Yes,” Diaz said. “Let's see what they can come up with, and see what the people accept.

“If it can be done with both sides on the same team, we're good.”

Under the previous deal, which needed approval from both the county and state, the Dolphins were seeking some $289 million in taxpayer support from a one-percent increase in the Miami-Dade hotel tax, plus up to $90 million in state sales tax rebates.

Thomas injured

Running back Daniel Thomas, who injured his ankle in the second half and did not return, left the Dolphins' locker room in a walking boot and on crutches Sunday.

When asked whether he simply rolled his ankle, Thomas responded, “Uhhhh,” then smiled and walked out the door. If the injury is serious, Mike Gillislee will likely be activated next week for the first time in his career.

The only other running back on the roster is kick returner Marcus Thigpen.

Guard Sam Brenner (knee) and safety Chris Clemons (undisclosed) left the game Sunday, but returned.

This and that

• The 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge raised $3.1 million from more than 2,800 riders. All proceeds from the event go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
• Rookie Dion Jordan recorded his second sack of the season — and first since the season opener — on Sunday.
•  Nolan Carroll’s first-half interception was his second of the season and fourth of his career.
• With two successful challenges Sunday, the Dolphins are now a perfect 5 for 5 on replays this season.
• Dolphins inactives: QB Pat Devlin, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Dimitri Patterson, C Mike Pouncey, G Danny Watkins, OT Jonathan Martin, DT Isaako Aaitui.
• Sunday's paid attendance: 60,156.

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