Donald Trump and Other Rich People Support Dolphins Asking Taxpayers for $200 Million

You know who really likes billionaire Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' idea to put taxpayers on the hook for half of the $400 million in renovations to Sun Life Stadium? Other rich people!

In fact, the Dolphins blasted out a press releases today touting the support of the Trump Brand. Because if there's anything people adore and respect, it's Donald Trump.

You might recall that Trump recently bought the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, and in addition to sticking his name in front of it, is currently renovating the resort.

"At Trump National, we understand the importance of world-class events as economic drivers. Steve Ross' commitment to modernize Sun Life Stadium -- while covering most of the construction costs -- is the right thing for Miami-Dade if we hope to continue attracting the types of sports and entertainment events that fill our hotels and restaurants, such as Super Bowls, college championship games, and international soccer matches," read the release.

The public support is the latest in hotel companies praising the renovations.

Philip Goldfarb, the CEO of the Fontainebleau Resort, also sent out a similarly worded press release in support of the project.

"Our support of these renovation plans not only keeps the facility competitive in attracting elite events, but is also a way for us to give back to a local venue that has brought in so much tourism business to our property over the years."

The Loews Miami Beach also lent their support. That's a company owned by New York billionaire Jonathan M. Tisch.

"South Florida cannot afford to miss out on opportunities to draw Super Bowls, college championship games and international events which not only increase hotel occupancies and tourism related expenditures, but also provide the destination with priceless global exposure," read the Loews' version of what is basically the same sentiment.

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Kyle Munzenrieder