Because of a sweetheart deal with the Billionaire Micky Arison, the county pays $6.4 million a year of the American Airlines operating costs. REALLY. Why? Because Heat profits never hit the threshold of profit sharing. Now, who in their right mind believes that one? The County squanders our money on the one hand and is frugal to a fault on the other.
Big Tech Corporation AT&T is making contributions to 11 of our parks to make Tech Centers. How about them making donations, retrofitting our libraries with Tech components? We aren't at the point where everyone has a computer, we need libraries and we need to reinvent them as well. People still read books. Libraries are a good place for meetings. Let's be creative and get that money from people like Norman Braman who care about our community.
Micky give back the $6.4 this year and next and libraries will be in the pink. Norman, just help to be nice! AT&T are you listening? Tech Centers don't belong in Parks. Help the libraries instead.
The county owns the arena but the Heat Group controls it. While the county by contract is to get a share of profits, it never has because profits never hit the payment threshold. The county pays $6.4 million of the arena's operating costs.