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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Miami-Dade commissioners approve Marlins settlement after Loria agrees to pay more

Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday accepted a $5.5 million profit-sharing settlement from a suit the county filed over Jeffrey Loria’s $1.2 billion sale of the Miami Marlins — a vote that revived the political drama that tends to follow government dealings with the former franchise owner.

Two commissioners who opposed the original 2009 subsidy deal for Marlins Park argued against the settlement, calling it another win for Loria at taxpayers’ expense. But the deal passed by a 9-4 vote after a commissioner who backed the stadium agreement interrupted Wednesday’s meeting to announce he was in touch with the Loria legal team and wanted clearance to negotiate directly with them, bypassing the administration of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

When the commissioner, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, returned to the chambers more than an hour later, he announced Loria was willing to put an extra $1 million on the table to settle the case Miami and Miami-Dade filed in 2018 to collect on the profit-sharing provision of the original ballpark agreement.

“I just hope the money is used to be helpful to the people of Miami-Dade,” said Samson, now host of a sports podcast, Nothing Personal. “That is what Jeffrey wanted. That is what I wanted. That is what we always wanted. And I appreciate having had the chance to work with so many of you over so many years.”

That’s a short statement. Best regards!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 18, 2021 at 11:13 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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