Marlins Get Last $42 Million From Miami-Dade County

Based on what happened at yesterday's Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, there is no way the taxpayers are getting their money back. Let's face it, folks: The county is not going to sue or cut off the Marlins at this point, which is why county commissioners approved issuing $42 million in bonds to complete financing for the $515 million stadium. Had the county refused to release the final installment, Miami-Dade would be on the hook for any cost overruns caused by delaying the $42 million, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez's explanation to commissioners. 

"There is nothing on this agenda that gags me more than this item, OK," Gimenez said. "But we don't want to be held liable for not fulfilling our contractual obligation. The Marlins have complied with every single thing. There is no way for me to get around it."

But the newly elected mayor promised to go back to the Marlins and Major League Baseball to win some concessions from the baseball club that blatantly lied to Miami-Dade taxpayers to get its ballpark. 

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.