Dolphins Hold Job Fair for Sun Life Stadium Renovation Project Thursday

Opportunity job fair at stadium as bill has yet to be approved by lawmakers

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    About 500 people lined up for a job fair held by the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium hoping to be employed for the renovation project that has not yet passed the Florida legislature. (Published Thursday, May 2, 2013)

    They lined up early at Sun Life Stadium, not looking for tickets to a game, but looking for work.

    About 500 people showed up for the Miami Dolphins' opportunity job fair Thursday morning. The Dolphins are promising more than 4,000 local jobs over a two year period if the proposed $350 million renovation project is approved.

    Dolphins Hold Job Fair for Stadium Renovation

    [MI] Dolphins Hold Job Fair for Stadium Renovation
    The Miami Dolphins' opportunity job fair kicked off Thursday morning at Sun Life Stadium promising more than 4,000 local jobs if the proposed $350 million renovation project is approved. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo spoke with job seekers Nick Wallace and Embry Byrd about the fair. (Published Thursday, May 2, 2013)

    "I'm hoping that I'll be employed," said job seeker Eric Westbrook. "That's my expectation."

    The job fair allowed applicants to register for opportunities to work on the project and participate in interview and resume workshops.

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    [MI] Dolphins Ramp Up Ads for Sun Life Stadium Referendum
    The plan to renovate Sun Life Stadium must be approved by the voters, and now the Dolphins are pulling out all the stops to get votes. NBC 6's Ari Odzer reports. (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

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    "I'm just hoping it's not a trick by the Miami Dolphins to use this as leverage to give money saying that they have all these people signed up for jobs," said construction superintendent Nick Wallace.

    Dade Residents To Get At Least 70% of Project Jobs: Dolphins

    [MI] Miami Dolphins: At Least 70% of Jobs From Sun Life Stadium Project To Go To Miami-Dade Residents
    The Miami Dolphins announced on Tuesday that they are partnering with an organization called Operation 305 to ensure that at least 70 percent of jobs from the Sun Life Stadium renovation project go to Miami-Dade County residents. Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, Chris Hodgkins of Operation 305, Bill Diggs of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Rick Beasley of South Florida Workforce spoke about the stadium plan. (Published Tuesday, April 30, 2013)

    Whether the renovation project even begins has yet to be decided. Florida lawmakers still have to approve the bill approving the renovations and have until Friday, when the legislative session ends.

    "I hope it passes because, if itpasses, everybody out here will be employed," said Embry Byrd, a construction supervisor who is currently unemployed. "If it doesn't get passed, then I won't say this will be a a waste of time, but at least we can register for other future employment."

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    [MI] Early Voters Cast Ballots in Special Election for Sun Life Stadium Renovations
    Early voters began casting their ballots for the fate of Sun Life Stadium Monday, but their votes might not count. Maylen Delgado, Merian Herald, Pete De La Torre and Christina White comment. (Published Monday, April 29, 2013)

    If the bill does not pass, there will still be 700 job openings at the stadium to fill security, ushering and custodial openings.

    The Miami-Dade County Commission has already signed off on letting voters decide whether the county should help the Dolphins upgrade Sun Life Stadium.

    Florida Senate Passed Bill Allowing Dolphins, Other Teams to Seek Taxpayer Money

    The referendum calls for voters to approve or disapprove of the plan which would do the following:

    •     Raise the hotel bed tax from 6% to 7%; the team would get 75% of the revenue from that hike, about $7.5 million a year, for 26 years; the tourist tax will help the team generate about $289 million
    •     The Dolphins are required to pay the county back $120 million in 30 years
    •     The team is paying for more than half of the $350 million plan, which includes building a glass roof over the seating area, new lighting, new video screens, and bringing the seats closer to the field

    The county and the team claim Super Bowls bring an estimated economic impact to the area of more than $500 million, but that number is disputed by many economists who say it's much lower.

    The team has said the project could bring some 4,000 jobs to Miami-Dade for up to 24 months or until the project is done. At least 70 percent of the jobs will go to Miami-Dade residents, according to the Dolphins.

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