Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a resolution today aimed at seeing if the contract to build the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark can be reopened to potentially reduce the public’s contribution to the $515 million construction costs for the venue. The county and city's contribution amounts to $361 million.
The resolution, which directs Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez or his designee to “initiate dialogue” with the Florida Marlins and city of Miami about reopening the contract, was included in the commission’s consent agenda, meaning there was no discussion of the item. Last month the county commission’s Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee voted 4-0 for the resolution. The resolution was proposed in light of leaked financial documents showing the team made a profit in 2008 and 2009.
Good luck with that.
County administrators will ask the county attorney the feasibility of reopening the contract, but for that to happen, the county, city and Marlins would all have to agree. The ballpark is nearly half completed and remains on time and budget, team and county officials say.
Meanwhile, the Marlins and President David Samson have contributed $50,000 the Citizens For Truth Political Action Committee set up to support Alvarez against auto magnate Norman Braman’s campaign to recall the mayor. Ballpark contractors Hunt-Moss and Baker Concrete, which is also a team sponsor, have also contributed to the PAC. Read the Herald’s story about the contributions here.