Monday, May 6, 2013

We’re Safe For the Moment

The Florida legislature has ended their annual session without causing too much damage.  In fact, they actually did at least one good thing… by not doing something.

The Miami Dolphins do not intend to pay for any upgrades to Sun Life Stadium now that the team’s push for a subsidized renovation to the 1987 facility has failed, CEO Mike Dee said Sunday.


In a live interview on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede, Dee gave the first in-person remarks by any Dolphins official since late Friday, when the Florida House of Representatives ended the annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee without taking up team-backed legislation providing public subsidies for the renovation.

Legislative approval was required to hold a May 14 referendum asking voters about the stadium renovation; the election was canceled Friday night. The Dolphins were hoping to get $289 million over 30 years from an increase in the mainland Miami-Dade hotel-tax rate, and $90 million over the same period in state sales-tax subsidies.

And that will also end the robo-calls I’ve been getting urging me to vote in favor of the renovation.

In other legislative news, the folks in Tallahassee decided that cutting education a couple of years ago was a bad idea and voted to pump over a billion dollars back into public schools and give teachers a raise.  The fact that an election is looming in less than two years had absolutely nothing to do with it, I’m sure.  Hey, we’ll take it, but don’t expect that to make voters — and educators — forget about all those cuts two years ago.  This basically puts us back to where we were.

Oh, they did also find time to create more specialty license plates, adding to the list of 120-plus already available.

Efforts are also slowly advancing to create the “Fallen Law Enforcement Officers” license plate (SB 712) and — on the House side — the “Sun, Sea, and Smiles” tag (HB 427), which would raise money for: the Florida Caribbean Charitable Foundation, Inc.; American Friends of Jamaica, Inc.; Haitian Neighborhood Center Sant La, Inc.; Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc.; Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition, Inc.; and Little Haiti Optimist Foundation, Inc.

What, no “Lesbians For The Metric System” plate?  Maybe next year.