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February 26, 2009
Another "sunshine" lawsuit for Marlins
What was the Florida Marlins stadium mess missing? That's right: another lawsuit! Elvis Cruz and Grace Solares, described by the Miami Herald merely as "activists" but apparently leaders of local homeowners associations, have filed suit charging that the team's deal with the city and county should be voided because elected officials held secret meetings to negotiate it, in violation of the state's Sunshine Laws. This was an argument Norman Braman tried in his stadium lawsuit as well, but apparently Cruz and Solares think they have new evidence.
In other news, the Herald says the city and county should "tweak the deal" but then go ahead with it, a longtime local sports reporter says it's a waste of public funds, and the local NAACP isn't too happy about it either. City commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is certainly going to have an interesting decision to make when she gets back from maternity leave to cast the deciding vote on this deal.