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.
Miami Beach commissioners do not want mega casinos in their city and they’re will to put up a fight to keep them out. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the commission passed a motion to oppose any expansion of gambling in South Florida.
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.
As the fight over proposed destination casinos hits the state legislature; preliminary estimates from the state say the move could bring in more than $100 million to the state in the first year.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida confirmed Thursday what those following the gaming debate already knew – it will fight efforts to expand non-tribal gaming outside of South Florida.
An unlikely combination of people are beginning to voice their opposition to the growing movement to bring resort style gambling to the Sunshine State.