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Written by The Staff   
Monday, 21 May 2007 01:47

New Marlins StadiumWith the Florida Marlins, yet again, coming up short on state funding for a new baseball-only stadium, Miami-Dade County is considering going it alone. If that were to occur, the County would like to see the team renamed the Miami Marlins, since the State of Florida isn't willing to pitch in. As reported by Sarah Talalay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

[Commissioner Dennis Moss] also suggested that since the county plans to contribute millions of dollars in hotel bed and sports facilities taxes to the ballpark, which it would also own, the team should hold spring training at the Homestead baseball stadium once its lease at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter expires. After all, Moss said, the county also helped pay for the Homestead ballpark, which was meant to be the spring home of the Cleveland Indians, but was abandoned after it was damaged during Hurricane Andrew.

“I wholeheartedly support this,” Commissioner Rebeca Sosa said. If a stadium is built, Sosa said, “We agree to change the name to Miami Marlins. There’s a commitment with them that it stays. The state didn’t give you a penny, that means you don’t belong to Florida. We are going to build the stadium so you belong to Miami, you belong to Dade County.

Commissioner Carlos Gimenez also said it’s time to give up on state funding and put a ballpark proposal before the commission so it can decide whether to move forward.

“Waiting for this state money has probably cost us a couple hundred million dollars. I think it’s time we move on,” Gimenez said. “Forget the state … if we had just gone ahead and built it, it would have cost a couple hundred million dollars less than now. Forget the state, it’s not going to happen.”

As Talalay titles the artilce on her blog, welcome to Marlins Stadium Update No. 1,021

 
 
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