Politics
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Thu August 8, 2013

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Hasn’t Given Up Stadium Fight

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross holds a press conference to announce renovation plans for Sun Life Stadium on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The team's bid to get public funding later failed in the state legislature.
Credit Alexia Fodere

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Wednesday that he remains committed to winning public dollars for the team’s proposed stadium renovations, and would not rule out a return to Tallahassee in 2014.

“Have I given up? The answer is no,” Ross said, speaking to reporters during his first major news conference since last spring’s legislative defeat.

Ross’ bid for both state and county financing for the $350 million rehab project died when House Speaker Will Weatherford declined to put the bill up for a vote during the legislative session.

The Senate had already passed its version of the bill, the Dolphins claim they had assurances from Weatherford the bill would see a vote.

When it did not, they lashed out at the Wesley Chapel lawmaker, and Ross has since created a political action committee targeting opponents.

“I was very disappointed that we lost that,” Ross said.

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