Miami Dolphins look to Miami hotels for help with $225 million stadium revamp

The Miami Dolphins want some renovations done on their home, and they’re looking to Miami hotels to make it happen.

According to a report in USA Today’s Hotel Check-In column, the Miami Dolphins are pushing a proposal to raise Miami hotel taxes to fund a $225 million stadium renovation. The hotel-tax bill, which would up hotel bed taxes from 6 percent to 7 percent, says the extra tax revenue earned from hotels will be split between the football stadium and the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Apparently, this proposal by the beloved Dolphins and Florida Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, is causing a mixed reaction in the Miami community. The business community opposes the idea, but tourism officials say hiking the tax and funding the Sun Life football stadium would help increase the stadium’s chances of hosting another Super Bowl in the future, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

As for the Dolphins? They want a partial roof, high-tech screens, lighting and 3,000 new premium seats. Dolphins CEO Mike Dee told the Miami Herald that investing in the stadium will add about $2.5 billion to the local economy through 2040.

We want to know what you think: Do you think hotels should increase their tax rate to pay for renovations of the Dolphins’ stadium? Would you pay the increase?