A referendum will be held over plans to use hotel taxes to help the Miami Dolphins pay for a large upgrade to the Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins say they've reached an agreement with the Miami-Dade county mayor to hold a referendum regarding using public money to help fund the near $400 million upgrade to the team's stadium.

The referendum will be held in May, shortly before NFL owners are expected to choose whether Miami or San Francisco will host the 50th Super Bowl.

The Dolphins and NFL say stadium upgrades are needed to keep the city competitive in bidding for the major sporting event which Miami has already hosted 10 times.

Public money would be used for about 30 percent of the project, which also requires approval by the Florida Legislature, and the team also are asking for $3 million a year from Florida and increasing mainland hotel taxes in Miami-Dade.


Posted on 09/04/2013