In the Marlins deal, the Parking Garage and the Stadium are OWNED by the public. Using public money for a venue owned by the public makes more sense than paying for refurbishing of a stadium owned privately by a multi-billionaire. From the Miami Herald:
The Dolphins would use public dollars to pay for 49 percent of the renovation for the team’s privately owned stadium. The Marlins deal used public dollars for 75 percent of the new baseball stadium and parking complex, both of which are government owned.
So Commissioners if you think the Marlins deal was bad, you had better be buying shares in the stadium for the public because without that, the Dolphin stadium will be a big loser for the public interest.
Also, how about this, any funds from the NFL has to go to the county not the team owner? If he agrees to pay 50% let him pay the WHOLE 50%. He should reimburse the county for any funds over that. However, that will never happen because he will think up more things to refurbish to use up any extra money.
I think the Commissioners are on a slippery slope with this one. The Dolphins can just go so far with their PR.