The NFL’s decision to spend millions on a luxury hotel in the Caribbean could soon make it easier for fans to enjoy the game on game day, but the owners of those luxury hotels are facing a serious obstacle: a public relations nightmare.
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The Miami Dolphins are among a group of owners who have purchased hotels in Florida to accommodate their fan bases, including Miami Beach, according to the NFL’s website.
They have a limited number of seats available at the hotels and they are required to pay a monthly hotel occupancy fee of $2,000 for each ticket sold.
That fee has been increased annually by $200 to $300 to meet the new luxury hotel standards set by the league, the NFL said.
But the Dolphins have not paid that fee since March 1, according the Miami Herald.
That fee has not gone away, according a spokesperson for the team.
The team has a contract with the city of Miami-Dade County for hotel occupancy, which includes paying for air-conditioning, security and security cameras, and it is working with the county to secure an additional $300,000 in hotel occupancy taxes, according records obtained by the Herald.
The Dolphins have been asked several times by the county for more hotel occupancy tax money, but they have not responded, the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross declined to comment on the hotel issue, and the Dolphins declined to discuss their lease with the Herald, citing the confidentiality of the agreement.
Miami Dolphins owner and president Stephen Ross speaks to reporters in Miami, Florida, May 16, 2017.
The city of St. Petersburg, which has about 200,000 residents, and Miami-based hotel chain Hilton have said that they would be willing to pay the additional hotel tax if the team paid the occupancy tax on the suites.
The hotel tax issue has become a sticking point between the NFL and the teams owners, and Ross and his team have taken a public stance that they will not pay the hotel tax, according an NFL spokesperson.
The league’s rules state that the team must pay the full hotel tax on suites.
The Dolphins have declined to pay that tax.
The league has not set a timeline for when it will pay the tax, but it has said it would pay it by the end of the year.
In May, the Miami Dolphins signed a 10-year contract extension with their owner, Stephen Ross.
Miami Dolphins owner,Stephen Ross, speaks with the media in Miami.
The Miami Dolphins have a contract to stay in Miami-dade County, which they bought from the city and county of St Petersburg in April 2017.
The lease includes an air-cooled, water-cooling and security system for all three suites.
In Miami, the Dolphins signed an additional 10-yr, $2 million contract extension that includes a 10 year, $5 million contract, according MLS records.
The franchise’s current agreement includes an additional, $1.3 million in security payments to cover the hotel security costs, but that is expected to be offset by additional hotel taxes, the league said in a statement.
Miami-Dades county is the largest county in the state of Florida, home to nearly 6 million people.
It has about 6.2 million people living there, and more than 80 percent of those people live in the Miami area, according city officials.
The county is also the largest single employer in the city, with about 11,500 people working in the county.
A Dolphins game against the San Diego Chargers in April was postponed due to the hotel occupancy issue.
In March, the team announced that the game would not be played until a solution was found.
The NFL and Miami Dolphins announced on April 1 that they had reached a long-term agreement for the franchise to stay put in St. Pete.
Miami-area residents and businesses who have been impacted by the hotel taxes are being asked to contact the county officials at 866-744-4789 to arrange for payment.
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