MIAMI (AP) -The Florida Marlins are considering a revised proposal for a $525 million ballpark on the site of the Orange Bowl that includes both increased long-term county costs and a large, upfront contribution from the team.
According to details of the revised proposal, the Marlins would pay $155 million upfront.
Miami-Dade County would pay $199 million in tourist tax dollars and $50 million from a general obligation bond, according to a county memo that was posted on the county commission's Web site.
``It does take more of the risk off of the government, so that's a good thing,'' Commissioner Jose Diaz said.
The county commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Several other commissioners did not return phone messages and e-mails Wednesday, and Marlins president David Samson decided comment. The team has said it needs a new ballpark to survive in South Florida.
``It is more money,'' Diaz said. ``But that money - once this is done, once we agree to (a certain) amount - from that point on, it's the Marlins' and Major League Baseball's dollar.''
The revised county proposal includes a non-relocation agreement and calls for a 37,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark that would open by April 2011 and a parking garage that the city would build.
The Orange Bowl was left without a primary tenant when the University of Miami announced in August that its football team would leave the site after this season.
The Florida Legislature failed to approve a $60 million subsidy in May that would help build a $490 million, retractable-roof stadium. In recent years, proposals for a new stadium have come before the Legislature and failed.
``I think the next few days are going to be extremely crucial for the whole process,'' Diaz said. ``I believe the Marlins, as much as Major League Baseball, want to finish this deal.''
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