Fla. Legislature refuses to aid Miami Dolphins

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's oldest professional sports franchise — the Miami Dolphins — has been dealt a crushing blow by the Florida Legislature, which ended its session without passing any funding plan that would assist the team's quest to refurbish its stadium.

The refusal of the GOP-controlled Legislature to aid the team before adjourning Friday evening wasn't just a defeat for the Dolphins — it could also sack South Florida's efforts to lure another Super Bowl to the region in the next few years.

The Dolphins and other professional sports teams were all backing a Florida Senate proposal that would have allowed each of them to compete for a share of state tax dollars. But the House — led by Speaker Will Weatherford — refused to bring up the legislation.