Governor Signs Deal With Seminoles Allowing For A Casino In Miami

Gov. Rick Scott signed an unexpected deal with the Seminole Tribe yesterday that opens the door for a resort casino offering slots in Dade.

Resorts World Miami and the Fontainebleau are expected to compete for the license. Just 750 slot machines and 750 instant racing machines will be permitted, and it would require approval from voters.

The deal must still be voted on by the legislature, but faces critics from both pro and anti-gambling lobbyists.

 

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

I’d love to see Resorts World Miami come to reality!

Anonymous
4 years ago

i live across the street at the venetia…. I sincerely hope that genting can move forward with a smaller rwm…..cutting edge design and location being waterfront near everything Miami offers will mean this project will succeed and FINALLY clean up that parcel and help arsht center and surrounding business thrive and jumpstart a lot more development in Omni/edgewater and west of ne 2nd ave….

Marc305
4 years ago

When I first moved to Miami I bought a condo at the Venetia, I have long since sold it but I still have friends who live there and they feel exactly the way you do. I do not gamble at all but I enjoy going to the Hard Rock in Hollywood, I am sure I will enjoy this project as well.

John
4 years ago

Is “unexpected” the code word for “Backroom deal”? I wonder what Scott got out of this.

Marc305
4 years ago

My thoughts exactly John, but as long as it goes through I will be happy.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Expect the Rat to fight this all the way…

Anonymous
4 years ago

This governor : He is corapted jerk , that will be the end of civilized city ,
Gambling is good only for the owners and people who
Worked there,
But is a disaster for the general public!!!!!
A shame on him!!!!

MrDreTheOne
4 years ago

I personally don’t gamble, but geez…. what is the big problem with a casino? we already have them!

Anonymous
4 years ago

We already have them, away from our downtown and only two of them, one out on Tamiami Trail and the other in Broward are resort casinos. I find it hard to believe the Genting people will be the only ones wanting to set roots down Before you know it we’ll be inundated by them turning this city into something else entirely.

Anonymous
4 years ago

LOL – Pure paranoia! No one is coming to take your guns or your bible either. Genting’s project is so much more than what you are making it out to be and thankfully many people, including the Governor, are in favor of it. Build it!

IloveMiami
4 years ago

Such as what? What does Miami (not Miami Beach) REALLY have to offer? Zoo Miami? Monkey Jungle? Coral Castle? The Seaquarium? Jungle Island? We lack the charm of San Fransisco, the glitz of LA or Vegas, the sophistication of NYC. We love to brag about condos being built, and the Latin flavor of the city, but we are still in many ways, a backwater cowtown. Where are the iconic landmarks? Where are the world class museums? (PAMM) does not even begin to compare to MOMA or The Met. Do we dare call the 4-5 Broadway shows that come down for a few weeks theater? Are we going to bring up the lack of views to the bay again? When was the last time any of you proud Miamians actually took a stroll through Bayfront or the unfinished version of Museum Park? But you can surely be counted on to show your opposition to any mega project that will actually bring money in. 20th Century Fox Miami Wilds…never! We must save the insects! The light tower in Park West? No way Jose…too gaudy! A soccer stadium on unused port land? Nope! Not in our city! Remember how Parisians felt about their tower 100 years ago? Most of you remind me of them…no vision!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Great comment. What people are really going to see is 50% of the tourist business evaporate when Cuba opens up if we don’t get casinos here first.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Does this mean that since the Genting’s could not get gaming on their own they have partnered with the Seminoles to by-pass this?

Mr Victor
4 years ago

https://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/97/03/Chapt9.html

is a good read to understand the pros and cons of casinos.

Mr Victor
4 years ago

I am totally against more casinos. In already developed areas they bring a bad economy which detracts from local businesses, they bring crime, and have negative impact on the social scene and on families…overall damaging the quality of life of residents.

Anonymous
4 years ago

If all this project was, was a stand alone casino, I might agree.
This is RESORT with well over 250,000 sq ft of Banquet/Meeting/Convention space. I’m for that. It has several thousand hotel rooms that will be connected to the MetroMover and therefore, the Metrorail, and the Airport. I’m for that. This project will open the Baywalk and have a new marina. I’m for that. This project will have over 250,000 square ft of retail space including waterfront restaurant options with extraordinary views of the bay. I’m for that. It will have parking hidden within the building and cutting edge architecture. I’m for that. It will have a Casino on the 3rd and 4th floors. I’m indifferent.
I’m for 5 out 6 of the elements of this project, and indifferent to 1 out of 6. If I were totally against casinos (even if they were a small percentage of a much larger and beneficial project), it is a net positive.

Propagandists will link to articles about gambling, but it is also important to read about the economic impacts of Marinas, Convention/Meeting Spaces, Hotel Rooms, Baywalks, Connectivity to Transportation, Retail, etc.

Marc305
4 years ago

Well said Anonymous. I feel exactly the same way!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Talk about a dead project showing signs of life now. I thought it was done for good.

This is unexpected from Scott as I would think the idea of gambling would be too anti-christian for him. Politics is a double edged sword and wonder what HW is getting out of it.

MrDreTheOne
4 years ago

In my opinion, RWM was the most beautiful and unique design by Architectonica that I have ever seen. It would be a true shame that THIS one does not get built.

Afi
4 years ago

build that casino.

Anonymous
4 years ago

this could be a great project in a fantastic location but its a long road ahead for genting because every backwoods florida legislature member will fight this due to their moral values….. so hypocritical…..if people in south florida really want this then they should let the elected officials know their feelings on it

Anonymous
4 years ago

No they won’t. They will fight it because Disney and the Orlando Convention Center interests know that the more Convention and meeting space Resorts World adds to Miami the fewer Conventions and meetings they will attract.
They may SAY that it is on moral grounds, but waterfront convention and meeting space 5 minutes from a beach and that is linked directly to the Miami International Airport by public transportation is a serious threat to what they are offering.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This is the best news I’ve read all day☺ bring on resorts world Miami

Marc305
4 years ago

This is welcome news. However, as I understood it, Genting wanted to build one of the world’s largest casino at Resorts World Miami. If the licensing only allows 750 slot machines and 750 instant racing machines, that would fall far short from their goals. I for one still hope they will get it and build something nice on the old Miami Herald lot, it would be a nice addition to our downtown.

Anonymous
4 years ago

They should build it and continue to negotiate until they get what they want eventually. But they should definitely take this opportunity while it’s on the table.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I think that was propaganda. Maybe someone used the sq footage of the resort and called the whole thing a casino. The drawings relegated the gaming areas to the north west portion of the complex (closer to the current Omni) and then converting some of current office space in the Omni to casino floor.
All the waterfront would be restaurants, retail, and ballroom space.

Afi
4 years ago

Let’s build that casino.

Kirk Anthony
4 years ago

This is fantastic! Miami is a global, international city! This is just proof!! Don’t like it? Move.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Yeah!!! Just like NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fransisco etc. and their downtown resort casinos!