Destination Resort Casinos
In a key test for casino gambling in Florida, a House subcommittee Friday will take up a revised bill that would allow up to three destination resort casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Voters in two north Florida counties approved measures that may allow slot machine permits at pari-mutual facilities in the counties on Tuesday.
The idea of bringing Las Vegas style casinos to Florida may be gaining popularity among residents but it’s still unknown whether Florida lawmakers will move forward with the ambitious plan.
The battle over whether to allow three mega-casinos to operate in South Florida takes center stage in Tallahassee Wednesday.
A Senate committee Monday will consider a sweeping proposal that would allow three mega-casinos in Florida, offer the possibility of additional gambling at pari-mutuel facilities and try to rein in Internet cafes.
It’s a new twist in a casino controversy that has people taking sides. The legislation proposed to bring mega destination gambling resorts to South Florida is changing and expanding gambling even more to include pari-mutuels.
While Gov. Rick Scott has said in the past that he does not want the state’s budget to rely on more gambling, he would like lawmakers to increase ticket sales of the Florida Lottery to boost money for schools.
A Senate bill that would clear the way for resort casinos in Florida will be revamped, after lawmakers raised a flurry of questions Wednesday about issues such as the impact on longstanding pari-mutuel facilities.
The Miami Chamber of Commerce is hosting a town hall meeting on Monday to discuss the controversial destination resort casinos.