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.
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.