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In 1776, we began what would be the greatest experiment in civics in the history of humankind. On July 4, we declared independence from the greatest imperial power the world had known to date and said emphatically that people should have a choice in their governance.
A legal battle is brewing between the Miami Gardens and Miami-Dade County over the area around Sun Life Stadium. The dispute involves the Dolphin Center Development of Regional Impact, an area surrounding the Sun Life Stadium at NW 27th Avenue and 199th Street. Though located in Miami Gardens, the area falls under the jurisdiction of the county.
Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami Dade County. With 110,000 residents, Miami Gardens is also the largest predominantly Black city in the state of Florida. Incorporated in 2003 after years of struggle, the city’s borders are 151st St. to County line Road. On the east side of the city, N.E. 2nd Ave., on the west side it is 47th Ave. south to 167 St., the border expands to 57th Ave. The city covers an area of over 20 square miles. We are the city that is home to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, State Sen. Oscar Braynon, State Rep. Barbara Watson, State Representative Sharon Pritchett, County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, School Board member
Pressure is mounting in Miami Gardens over the proposed Sun Stadium deal as Mayor Gilbert issued strong demands to business and county leaders to help keep millions of dollars in revenue in his city. Gilbert is seeking to keep $1 million in annual property tax revenues Miami Gardens receives from the stadium. But that amount remains in jeopardy as county leaders consider transferring the stadium to tax exempt status in exchange for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ efforts to privately fund $350 million renovations that includes adding a roof to the ageing structure.