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Dolphin stadium plan faces opposition

January 07, 2011 02:09PM

Rendering of Sun Life Stadium

A plan for Broward County to use its tourist taxes to fund the renovation of the Dolphins’ stadium could be dying just hours after the first public unveiling, the Sun Sentinel reported. Hoteliers are divided and some public officials have come out strongly against it. The proposal from Dolphins CEO Mike Dee wants to change state law to allow hotel taxes from tourists in Broward County to be spent in Miami-Dade to renovate Sun Life Stadium, where his team plays, just over the county line. The bill also would increase the maximum hotel tax to 7 cents while Broward charges 5 cents now. Those who favor the plan say the enhancements are essential to land another Super Bowl, and that Broward businesses benefited from the last one. But detractors say Broward needs all the money it can get and should keep the funds. [Sun Sentinel]