Politics
12:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Dolphins Stadium Deal Close; Rubio's Role In Immigration Reform Grows

Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo talks with WLRN’s Phil Latzman on the politics behind the latest Dolphins stadium proposal as well as the pressure on Florida's freshman Sen. Marco Rubio to get a deal done on immigration reform. Listen here.
Dolphins rendering of proposed $400-million renovation of Sun Life Stadium
Credit www.miamidolphins.com

Marathon talks between the Miami Dolphins and Miami Dade County officials appear to have delivered a tentative deal.

In the agreement, the Dolphins would receive $7.5 million a year in hotel sales taxes to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The deal also stipulates that the Dolphins repay the county between $110 million and $120 million over the next 30 years. The team would face huge penalties if it fails to bring high-profile sporting events to the stadium, including four Super Bowls and four college football championship games.

In addition, if Miami fails to be awarded Super Bowls 50 or 51 when NFL owners meet to award the games in May, the Dolphins would forgo county money for the renovations.

Miami-Dade commissioners will review the plan and vote on the package in a special session tomorrow. If approved, the deal would then face county voters on May 14.

Now that a deal appears to be done with Miami-Dade County, what are the chances of the Miami Dolphins getting what they want as far as state sales tax incentives and extra hotel taxes?

What are our local politicians saying about their degree of support for stadium renovations -- is it the third rail of local politics?

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate's so-called “Gang of Eight”, which includes Florida's freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, is still trying to come up with a deal on immigration reform that satisfies Congress.

Rubio's nuanced new approach to immigration reform has put him on the hot seat in D.C. How has it changed since the gang’s initial proposal in January?

Listen above.