MIAMI (AP) -Miami-Dade County commissioners Tuesday approved a public works project that includes a new stadium for the Florida Marlins.
The ballpark would be built on the site of the Orange Bowl. The agreement also includes a performing arts center, port tunnel project and soccer stadium.
The project calls for a 37,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark. According to a revised county proposal, the stadium would be funded, in part, by hotel bed tax dollars and a large, upfront contribution from the Marlins.
``What happened today was a very important agreement between the city and the county, which sets up Miami to be a world-class city well into this century. But without a signed binding deal, many of the things approved today cannot happen,'' Marlins president David Samson said. ``The city, team and county are going to negotiate quickly and try once and for all after all these years to have a done deal in short order.''
Samson said the estimated cost of the new stadium is now $515 million.
The Orange Bowl was left without a primary tenant in August, when the University of Miami announced its football team would leave after this season.
The Florida Legislature failed to approve a $60 million subsidy in May that would help build the stadium. In recent years, proposals for a new stadium have come before the Legislature and failed.
``You have to have foresight and you have to have guts to stand in front of these issues,'' Commissioner Jose Diaz said. ``We don't have a GM plant here, we don't have a McDonnell Douglas plant - we depend on tourism and trade.''
Under the proposal, the city would also build a parking lot for the team, which finished last in the majors in attendance this season.

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