Miami-Dade asks for stadium upgrade rebate and taxing power
The Miami-Dade County commission is asking lawmakers to pass legislation that would let the county increase a hotel bed tax by a penny and let the state provide a sales tax rebate for Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, with the money going to upgrade the facility. The commission passed a non-binding resolution sponsored by Commissioner Barbara Jordan that essentially serves as a request to the Legislature. Backers of the plan say the upgrade to Sun Life – formerly Joe Robbie and ProPlayer – is needed for the Dolphins and University of Miami, but also for attracting events like the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, BCS games and international soccer events. Miami’s Super Bowl Host Committee is currently in the process of bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls, and the board pointed out that competitors for those events, San Francisco and Houston, will both have new stadiums by then. The renovation is expected to cost more than $375 million. The bed tax increase would affect hotel rooms in the mainland part of Miami-Dade County, exempting the island cities of Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour.