Vote for Marlins ballpark pushed back

MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Marlins will have to wait a little longer to get a final decision on their bid for a new ballpark.

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Dennis Moss rescheduled the county's March 5 special meeting to vote on the ballpark plan after learning that a few commissioners might be unable to attend.

The meeting was rescheduled for March 9, five days after the Miami City Commission's scheduled vote. Approval by both commissions is needed before the Marlins can break ground on a proposed 37,000-seat stadium near downtown.

The stadium is projected to open in 2012 and cost $515 million, with the public paying $361 million.

The team has sought a new home for more than a decade.


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  • by Terri Location: Cutler Bay on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Agreed! Hilda. Miami-Dade County has far to many more important issues than to build a stadium. If the Marlins want a stadium let them pay for it. While I agree it would provide jobs - temporarily. The cost is to excessive to be put on the tax payer back. Sorry to say, I would rather see them leave Miami than pay what they are asking for a stadium. I believe they could make a deal with the Dolphin stadium to make improvements for both teams and work out a possilbe ownership. With new stadium I am curios as to what the cost per ticket would rise to. County Commissioner need to vote no. Realisticly the Marlins aren't even offering to put up half the cost or agree to pay the county before it show a profit. Sorry Marlins have a nice trip.
  • by Hilda Location: Miami, Fl. on Feb 22, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Find it hard to believe that The Marlins is requesting that 361 million of tax payers money be used to build a stadium for them, specially under these circumstances. There is no money to pay teachers their raise, but we can afford to use millions to build a stadium for a private enterprise. HARD TO BELIEVE!
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