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The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

Marlins Miami new logo

Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace:

When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages for the new Miami Marlins stadium, borrowing $100 million in the bond market to do so, officials assumed the structures, like most such municipal facilities, would be exempt from property taxes.


Read the article for the details, but the upshot is that the government was trying to pretend like it was the private sector and then was surprised when it had to play by the same rules as the private sector.

How about this: let’s let businesses be businesses and let the government be the government?  When the former tries to tell me what to do and the latter tries to make a buck, nothing but sorrow can follow.

(link via, who else? Old Gator)

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Me fail English?

    • pkers - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      I bent my wookie.

      • phukyouk - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        whats a diorama?

      • thefalcon123 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

        Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet making babies and I saw one of the babies and the baby looked at me.

      • phukyouk - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        My cats breath smells like catfood

      • cur68 - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        Go Fish.

      • meteor32 - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        When I go home, a leprechaun tells me to burn things.

    • Bryz - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      Prinskipple Skipper and Super Nintendo Chalmers.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

        I’m Idaho!

      • dondada10 - Nov 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

        When I grow up I’m going to Bovine University.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 23, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Ms. Hoover, which one is one?

  2. test2402 - Nov 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Tim Tebow.

    • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Yes, Tebow, for love of Buddha.

  3. fellspointbird - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Go apple!
    Go orange!

    Go banana!!!

    • phukyouk - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM


  4. rcali - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Do you really need a parking structure for the 20 or 30 cars of people that show up for the Marlin games?

    • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      Well where else would you put them? It’s not like they widened any of the streets or anything.

  5. yankeesgameday - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Metro rail and city bus ftw. Used to get to the orange bowl from UM for football games all the time.

    They still have the metro rail in Miami?

    • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      They still have Metrorail, just as you remember it: crumpled copies of the Feeshwrapper under the seats, discarded coffee cups and paper plates, balled-up Burger King sodium bomb breakfast sandwich wrappers, the aphaisic in the trenchcoat half-asleep and mumbling in the handicapped seat – just as you left it. Except the new spur to the airport opens in the Spring. That’s, what, three new miles of track in thirty five years or so? Metrorail – speeding Macondo into the twentieth century!

      • yankeesgameday - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Ahhh misty water colored memoriesWill the parking lot be like cliff lee’s Jetson’s garage in philly?

  6. yankeesgameday - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Will the parking lot be like cliff lee’s Jetson’s garage in philly?

  7. deep64blue - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Surely the net effect of this to taxpayers is nil? It’s revenue taken from one public body and given to another isn’t it?

  8. coryeuc - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Occupy the Marlins!!!

    • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      What, and wear those outfits? Shit, go occupy Rocky Horror.

      • cur68 - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

        Hey, Koolaid….

  9. mgscott - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Another sports team in Florida that Floridians don’t know they have.

  10. mojosmagic - Nov 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    First off they built the dam place in a run down part of town and the stadium, which looks like a spaceship just landed, fits in like a sore thumb. If they built it in another area you wouldn’t need indoor parking garages to keep your car safe. It’s going to be a lot fun getting out of an indoor garage after games. But it doesn’t matter the Marlins are going to sign Pujos and Reyes. LOL

  11. Kevin S. - Nov 23, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Am I the only one lost for the first twelve posts or so in this thread?

    • cur68 - Nov 23, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Ralph Wiggum

  12. 78mu - Nov 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    The Miami taxpayers should be happy they aren’t in California when they voted for high speed rail. After the voters approved the HSR the estimated cost tripled to almost 100 billion. And the 100 billion is on the low end of estimates. For today. I’m sure by the time they actually get around to laying tracks the cost estimates will go up again.

  13. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Nov 24, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    I’ll just amazed that people in Miami drive cars.

    • Old Gator - Nov 24, 2011 at 8:03 AM

      They don’t, really. Housewives and princesses are too busy texting or applying mascara, and male drivers from a large unnamed island to the south are too busy cutting off other would be drivers, speeding, weaving and shooting birds at anyone who objects. True story: bumper sticker popular in Macondo after the hanging chad fiasco of the 2000 electoral theft: “If you don’t how we vote, wait till you see us drive.”

  14. Old Gator - Nov 24, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    If you don’t like how we vote.

    Edit function. Edit function. EDIT FUNCTION.

    • Nick C - Nov 24, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      This is just spectacularly bad lawyering by the city. I’m an attorney for a leasing company and it is standard practice to have the lessee pay any and all taxes. How they could let the Marlins write the provision making the city responsible for the taxes is beyond me.

      • Old Gator - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:09 PM

        It wouldn’t be if you lived here. It’s be second nature. You think the stadium deal was corrupt? Nick C, meet the Macondo International Airport modernization and expansion program….

      • 18thstreet - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        If you think government bureaucrats are overpaid, and you cut their salaries (or freeze them), you get stupider bureaucrats. I wouldn’t be shocked to hear that Miami-Dade has lousy lawyers, would you? How much more do the Marlins pay their lawyers than Miami-Dade does? Which group do YOU think is more competent?

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