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Legislature provides no funding

MIAMI -- The Marlins stadium deal announced Thursday came too late to persuade state legislators to part with $60 million to help fund the project.

Lawmakers wrapped up the 2004 regular legislative session Friday evening but did not allocate the money team and local officials say they need from the state.

"We will now discuss with the county and city all possibilities remaining which will enable us to complete a retractable-roof facility by opening day 2007," Marlins president David Samson told The Palm Beach Post late Friday.

City of Miami officials, Miami-Dade County officials and the Marlins announced financing plans Thursday to build a new park on part of East Little Havana's Orange Bowl property.

The Marlins said they were ready to break ground on a stadium as early as Oct. 1 if financing was in place. The team would change its name to the Miami Marlins.

Republican State Representative Gaston Cantens of Miami said
Friday that there just wasn't enough time to come up with a plan.

But he said he's sure the legislature will continue to work with
the Marlins in trying to find a solution, perhaps an increase in
the sales tax in the Miami area.

Gov. Jeb Bush has supported the Marlins efforts but said
Thursday that it was up to legislative leaders to decide whether the
subsidy would come up this session.

House speaker Johnnie Byrd told the Miami Herald on Wednesday there was little chance the Marlins would get any money. Rep. Ralph Arza, a team supporter, said Thursday: ''I think it's dead."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.