AP source: Dolphins OK referendum on stadium

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm •  Published: February 10, 2013
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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a local referendum on their plan seeking tax money for an upgrade of their stadium, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday.

The Dolphins believe passage by Miami-Dade County voters would help the chance of the plan's approval by the Florida Legislature, the person told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team declined to comment.

A news conference with County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee will be held Monday.

Team owner Stephen Ross earlier resisted holding a referendum on the issue, saying there wasn't time for a vote before legislators would need to act.

The change of heart comes after local legislators left the stadium bill off their list of priorities for this year's session, hurting the team's chances of winning approval in Tallahassee.

Upgrades to the Dolphins' stadium are expected to cost about $400 million, and Ross has agreed to pay at least $201 million. The referendum will come with many South Floridians upset about the Miami Marlins' 1-year-old ballpark, which was built largely with public money.