Broward senators also say it's time for Miami-Dade County and Miami officials to settle on a site, preferably closer to the county line. But the two options being considered are in downtown Miami and at the Orange Bowl. The Marlins currently play at Dolphin Stadium, near the county line.Man, this guy has a set fucking balls the size of watermelons to say that. Broward county had its chance to have the ballpark built within its boundaries. It's Broward's leaders and residents that rejected the idea. Now they want to complain because the Dade municipality which is going to provide the land and part of the money to finance construction isn't close to Broward. Cry me a river.
''As unhappy as my constituents are now, when I tell them that I've helped fund something that will be less convenient for them, they will be even less happy,'' said Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller, a Hallandale Beach Democrat, who muttered ''grumble, grumble'' before voting in favor of the Marlins bill.
If this guy thinks Broward Marlins fans are going to be upset driving an extra 15 miles, imagine how upset they will be if they had to drive a couple of thousand miles to see the San Antonio Marlins or the Las Vegas Marlins or the Portland Marlins.
If the sales tax rebate goes through, we're talking about $60 million over THIRTY YEARS. That's $2 million a year, from the entire state budget of more than $65 Billion, which is peanuts.
Broward's share of the lost revenue from the rebate is less than peanuts given that there are 67 counties in Florida. Let's assume that Broward county's contribution to the stadium (in terms of lost revenue due to the proposed tax rebate) is proportional to its population (which is 10% of the state's population) then Broward county's residents are putting up $200,000 per year or less than 12 cents per resident per year.
Of coure, if the Marlins move out of state, there's no sales tax revenue from the club anyway so the sales tax rebate would be a moot point.
My message to Steve Geller: beggars can't be choosers, jackass. Your constituents are going to have the benefit of having a major league club within reasonable driving distance and will only be footing a miniscule portion of the bill. You want the Marlins to stay but you don't want to pay for it as a resident of Broward county, then you are going to have to live with the small inconvenience of driving a little farther to go where people put their money where their mouth is.
By his logic, the Marlin Fans in Monroe county should be jumping for joy because the ballpark will be that much closer to them. I seriously doubt it.