FL Senate panel passes Sun Life renovation bill

MIAMI (WSVN) — The Miami Dolphins can tack on another victory to its campaign for achieving their stadium renovation goals, as state legislators have made a big decision about tax dollars to pay for Sun Life Stadium renovations.

Tuesday, a senate panel passed a bill that would allow Sunlife Stadium to use state and local money to help pay for the renovations. But there is a provision in the bill that would require the state in the future to evaluate and rank all requests it receives from sports franchises. The state would also be required to re-evaluate the projects every five years.

The Dolphins are looking to make $400 million worth of renovations to their 25-year-old stadium, hopeful that will get them Superbowls in 2016 or 2017.

Team owners have pledged to front some of the money for the project. Last week, the team also pledged to pay the state back some of the funds over the course of 30 years.

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