Officials must be more than just cautious with Dolphins

caines | 2/7/2013, 4:30 a.m.

As the mid-May deadline for the Miami Dolphins negotiations with the NFL Super Bowl selection committee draws near, we keep hearing about more cant lose options, win-win deals and the like. But first the Dolphins need approval from the State Legislature and the county commission for their $400M stadium makeover proposal. And with promises of a boatload of jobs for thousands, much-needed revenue for Miami-Dade County and plenty of residual benefits for local businesses for years to come, how could anyone say no? But then we all remember what happened a few years ago when the Marlins brought their too-good-to-be true proposal to the Miami-Dade County commissioners hoping for a brand new ballpark. Our elected officials pretty much took the bait hook, line and sinker and the taxpayers and a whole lot of blue collar employees got waylaid, shafted and downright bamboozled. Of course that was then and this is now so say the Dolphins head honchos. They have the deal of a lifetime and we have nothing to worry about. Sounds like that old saying, You have nothing to fear but fear itself. But before we begin doing backflips over this deal, we urge our county commissioners to do what theyve been elected to do and look out for the interests of their respective constituencies. Commissioners Edmonson, Jordan and Moss all admit that they voted for the Marlins deal in 2009. Monestime was not on board at that time. All four say they are approaching this current deal with caution. Caution is certainly a laudable approach. But in this case more than just caution is needed. Expert financial and legal eyes need to review the proposal, the financial records of the Dolphins and any other related documents. We urge our leaders to use every means possible to examine this deal with razor-sharp analysis before making their decision.