Marlins Ballpark Groundbreaking Tomorrow!
Tomorrow at 10 AM, the Florida Marlins will conduct the "official" groundbreaking for the new ballpark at the Orange Bowl site.
Ballpark opponents, irked that the stadium plans are rushing forward, are apparently grasping at air to find anything...anything to make the decision to build the stadium look foolish. The latest attempt is a link to the recent cuts imposed by Miami-Dade government.
Random Pixels has the dirty details here , discovered at the NBC Miami site that has become little more than a gossip/opinion rag (BTW, nice bananas, Carlos. Next time, tell us how you really feel about Miami).
All I can say is, nice try guys.
While I've pointed out here several times that it's perfectly legitimate to criticize the principle behind this deal between the Marlins, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, making tenuous connections or even connections that don't exist don't help advance the argument. The county is using hotel "bed" tax revenue to fund their part of the deal. If Miami-Dade County (and every other county, city and federal entity) misspent their windfall 3-4 years ago and now sees a need to cut across the board, it has little to nothing to do with the stadium deal based on the way the deal was structured and the fact that bed tax revenue can't be used to help offset losses in other areas. If bed tax revenues end up being less than forecast in the coming years, then we have a real, legitimate beef.
Are Random Pixels and Carlos Miller clairvoyants? There's a slight chance, but based on their arguments, I wouldn't bet on it.
Florida Marlins: Congratulations. May you dig deep and often.