TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins are going to probably fall short of the goal line in their bid to get help for stadium renovations.
Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, called the outlook for any bill that helps the Dolphins "bleak" shortly after meeting with House Speaker Will Weatherford.
The Florida Senate has passed two bills that would help the Dolphins and other professional sports franchises and sent them to the House.
The bills would create a process where pro teams would compete for $13 million a year in state incentives. But they would also let the Dolphins tap into local taxes to help pay for renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Miami-Dade voters are scheduled to vote May 14 on a referendum to help the team.
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee has said owner Stephen Ross wouldn't pay for the stadium improvements if the legislature or voters denied him.
The session ends at midnight on Friday.
The Dolphins say Sun Life Stadium needs at least $350 million in improvements to remain competitive with newer stadiums around the NFL for Super Bowls and high-profile events.
The team wants $289 million from a 1 percent increase in the hotel bed tax in mainland Miami-Dade County and $90 million from the sales tax rebate.
The Dolphins have offered to pay the county and the state back the money it receives from the sales tax rebate.
If state lawmakers approve the bill, the local referendum will be held May 14. However, ads scheduled to air next week to promote the vote on raising the bed tax have been cancelled.
The team held a job fair Thursday for the project-related positions that one carpenter called a waste of time. Dolphins officials said the project would create at least 4,000 jobs over a 22-month period.
The Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, who will move into a new stadium next year, are vying for Super Bowl L in 2016. The loser will compete against the Houston Texans to host Super Bowl LI in 2017.
NFL team owners will announce the locations of Super Bowls L and LI on May 22.
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