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Huizenga, Tallahassee headed for fight

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The former owner of the Florida Marlins and the state's lawmakers might be headed for a clash over tax breaks, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said Thursday.

H. Wayne Huizenga has told the team it needs to leave the Dolphins Stadium after the 2010 season when the team's lease expires.

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But Florida Senate President Tom Lee said Huizenga risks losing what's left of a $60 million tax break the state gave him 12 years ago to retrofit his football stadium to accommodate baseball.

Lee said Huizenga was given the 30-year, $2 million-a-year sales tax rebate to help make Dolphins Stadium, then known as Joe Robbie Field, a home for his baseball team, the Marlins.

The potential conflict comes as the Marlins renew their yearly push for a $60 million tax rebate to help build a ballpark in downtown Miami.

Without state aid, the Marlins say, they may have to leave Florida.

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