Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee has been the face of the team in getting the Dolphins' plan for public funding out to the citizens of Miami-Dade County. He has tried to explain what the Dolphins are doing and has explained some of the concessions the team has offered to County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Meanwhile, former Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman has loudly criticized the plan. He fought the Miami Marlins plan, and he has pledged to do the same for the Dolphins' request for funding. He also led the call for, and financially supported the vote to recall then County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Braman has a net worth of $1.6 billion and owns several exotic car dealerships, selling Bugattis, BMWs, Porsches, and Rolls-Royces. He has stated that any request for public funding is just Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a billionaire himself, asking for a hand out.
Well, yesterday, Dee took to Twitter to make a statement about the Dolphins' offer to repay $120 million of the public funding when the sales tax rebate ends in 30 years, pledging to pay for penalties if the site does not land enough big events over the next 30 years, and lowering the amount of requested funding support from 49% of the project to 43%.
With the offer that is now on the table, Norman Braman is frankly irrelevant to this conversation...— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 27, 2013
When he agrees to repay the public money he accepted for his dealership, we will be happy to acknowledge his otherwise hypocritical stance.— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 27, 2013
Thanks for the positive replies. The voters of Miami Dade County should make this decision not Norman Braman. #MiamiFirst— Mike Dee (@MikeDeeFins) March 27, 2013
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