March 24, 2009 Miami-Dade's stadium OK is final hurdle for Marlins
Miami-Dade County commissioners voted 9-4 to finance a $515 million ballpark and $94 million in parking lots at the former site of the Orange Bowl in Little Havana.May 23, 2009 Miami-Dade Commission's discretionary funds keep on growing
Miami-Dade commissioners have created a veritable reelection piggy bank on the public dime, dispensing nearly $9.5 million a year -- evenly divided among the 13 members -- with few restrictions and scant oversight.June 8, 2009 Marlins set stadium groundbreaking for July 18 at Orange Bowl site
Yet as budget cuts threaten to savage other county programs, commissioners show no signs of curbing the amount of their discretionary funds. Several want the kitty to grow, saying the money aids small businesses and civic groups while enriching the districts they represent.
The Florida Marlins will break ground on their new stadium July 18 at the site formally occupied by the Orange Bowl.July 15, 2009 Miami-Dade mayor proposes pay cuts, layoffs to meet budget
The 37,000-seat ballpark will have a retractable roof and is scheduled to open in 2012.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez announced sweeping cuts Wednesday to cover a $427 million shortfall for next year's budget.
Everyone from the mayor to the last janitor hired will receive 5 percent pay cuts, and 1,700 employees will be let go.