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Marlins Stadium Update No. 868686

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.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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