At least two years in the making, proposed pari-mutuel regulations continue to leave industry operators divided, with some saying the rules don’t go far enough and others complaining that the plan will put them out of business.
Calling it “a jaw-dropping gambling expansion,” state officials asked Friday for a full-court rehearing of an appellate decision that ordered gambling regulators to allow a North Florida horse track to have slot machines.
Despite narrow approval by a House committee Tuesday, odds remain long that lawmakers will sign off on a gambling proposal that could do away with dog racing, pave the way for Las Vegas-style casinos in South Florida and open the door for slot machines in Lee and Palm Beach counties.
Two former jai alai fronton operators received from good news. The Supreme Court upheld a law that will allow them to convert their pari-mutuel licenses to dog racing.
A murder conviction against a former FBI agent linked to Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was overturned on Wednesday.
Gambling facilities in Florida could be in for some changes as the state considers a possible overhaul of the rules.
A long-time South Florida business is getting a much needed boost. A group of private investors are dumping tens of millions of dollars to renovate Miami Jai-Alai.