Approved: Biscayne Boulevard Casino Can Begin Operations, State Says

A casino is now fully approved to open near Midtown Miami, according to Florida Politics.

West Flagler Associates, which operates Magic City Casino, was granted a summer jai alai permit by Florida regulators yesterday.

With the permit, some gambling is now fully legal on over seven acres spanning multiple city blocks, from 2900 to 3100 Biscayne Boulevard.

The casino will include:

  • Poker
  • Jai Alai
  • Restaurants
  • Entertainment

300-350 employees are expected to be hired (in comparison, Resorts World Miami once promised to hire 19,000 if approved).

Planning for the casino will begin next week after being halted during the approval process, West Flagler’s Izzy Havenick told the website.

Crescent Heights is the owner of the properties where the casino will be built.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

How can this city allow this piece of …. crap and say no to Genting??
This makes my blood boil. I am not a gambler but I do enjoy everything else that comes with casinos, bars, shows, comedy, dance clubs, etc. Such is the case with the Hard Rock in Hollywood and the reasons why I go to Vegas at least once a year. Genting would have been that but this crap is only going to be built to attract existing gamblers and convert new ones. When is Miami going to stop being an ass backwards banana republic?1

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think you can also blame Tallahassee for a lot of Genting’s problems.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The bottom line is that these Indians do not want the competition and since they own Tallahassee… well, there you go.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well… this November we will get to vote on letting the people determine if gambling should expand in Florida … Genting will drown the media with reasons why it should be approved… screw Disney and Indians… let US decide

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s the problem. Why should MiamiDade county residents vote on whether gambling expands throughout Florida? The interest of MiamiDade shouldn’t depend on how somebody in say, Sarasota, voted concerning the casino issue.

Anonymous
3 years ago

true

The Mayor
3 years ago

The issue was never with the City of Miami. The Rat in Orlando and the Indian Casinos are the ones who lobbied Tallahassee to block Genting from getting their gambling license.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If everyone on this site would take 10 minutes to leave either a commissioner or the mayor their feelings on allowing Genting to build maybe there’s a chance… but griping on this thread does nothing… I live across from Genting property and I love the idea of the resort and everything it offers… they have beautiful properties in other parts of the world and even the Omni is being taken care of much better by them then before they owned it … I hope they move forward ASAP on their awesome plans

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sorry but MiamiDade is not the seat of government for the state. Tallahasee is where the governor and the power of government resides.

Anonymous
3 years ago

you are correct…i should have done my homework….

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3 years ago

Is this some cruel April’s Fools in July joke?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I believe we woke up in some kind of time warp.

Anonymous
3 years ago

50’s Havana.. watching jai alía

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

Not sure if it was intentional or a typo…but 1950’s Havana not only watches but lives in Jai Alia. Lol.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Time for Resorts World to make a deal with this company and transfer the license to the site near arsht center.

Anonymous
3 years ago

???? it’s time for Tallahassee and the city to get sued for corruption and ass backwards rulings.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Need Resorts World. This is a Tier Z casino in comparison.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, but the doors are open my-man.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They are against Resorts World developing a casino (which will be a world class casino) in Miami, but approved this crapp?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

LETS GO GENTING

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is a bet on sports betting being allowed where parimutuel betting is allowed. So this place would be the premiere sports bar when sports betting is legalized in FL.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Bingo

Anonymous
3 years ago

Winner winner chicken dinner

Anonymous
3 years ago

These two replies are mine I just couldn’t resist with the gambling puns.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why is the TNM calling this a “Downtown Miami Casino?”

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s within Greater Downtown Miami. The boundaries are Design District to it’s north and the Rickenbacker to it’s south. East of I-95.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why are people not realizing Edgewater is the second-densest neighborhood and needs to be integrated into Downtown Miami like 10 years ago.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3 years ago

Brickell needed to be integrated long ago. Edgewater is too far up north and much more residental.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wtf?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hopefully not a skanky casino.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Biscayne Boulevard needs more degenerates, drunks and homeless. I’m sure a trashy casino will do the trick.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It sure will, when you and your friends arrive at this casino.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sorry Genting welcome to the bannana republic…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Very much a sad day for those living in the Edgewater area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why?.. did a hurricane devastate the area last night?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Sad?
They’ll be happy to add some livelihood and diversity to a DEAD area!!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

This area doesn’t need a casino to be livelihood. It’s already one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city, and this casino will affect its charm

Anonymous
3 years ago

One of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city lol, really? A bunch of disconnected condo towers, fast food places, no parks, no bay views, and few trees is beautiful?

Anonymous
3 years ago

What do you mean no bay views?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I just want to know how many parking spaces are being added.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not enough Lol!

Anonymous
3 years ago

“I just want to know how many parking spaces are being added.”

It’s truly amazing how limited your thought patterns are.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you realize how limited parking is already in this area?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah I do, that’s why I can see a huge parking lot right in front of it.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

It will sit on a 5-floor garage pedestal.. I’ve seen the drawings. They are also planning to extend Metromover just up to the place. Renderings look nice. Done by Arquitectonica. Beckham is in negotiations to build his stadium on the roof.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is obviously a joke, right?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Best comment on here!! 😀

Anonymous
3 years ago

Outrageous…will have all the charm and class of the sleazy places in Broward.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exaggerate much?

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

So is this saying summer for jai alai, but gambling all year?

The Mayor
3 years ago

If it’s done right it could be a great addition to Edgewater.

Anonymous
3 years ago

NOOOOOO why!!!! NOOOO This doesnt make any sense!! Please….!

Anonymous
3 years ago

everyone relax….genting is involved….you just watch how this develops and suddenly the plans need more land……hhhhmmmmmm

Jon
3 years ago

I just purchased a unit in the Paraiso District and I cant tell you how upsetting this is. Casino’s should not be in residential areas, aside from hurting property values, all they bring is crime, low paying jobs and a tax on the poor. Hopefully this is fought at the local level by Commissioner Russell. Contact his office 305.250.5333 and voice your concerns.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Donald Trump, is that you?

Mondocondo
3 years ago

Great location between Midtown and Edgewater packed with youngsters seeking a diversion. The novelty may wear off if only limited games are offered. Interesting that the casino is only leasing the site; Crescent Heights had it on the block for a while. Cheers

Sleazy
3 years ago

Biscayne Blvd is already a commuters hell. How did this scam slither through?

Anonymous
3 years ago

so SAD!!!

Sertorius
3 years ago

This is actually good news for Genting in the sense that it create a gambling presence and precedent near their site.

Anonymous
3 years ago

As I’ve typed here, said to anyone who will listen, and testified in Tallahassee to politicians who wouldn’t listen… blocking Genting’s Destination Resort was NOT about gambling.
COMPETITORS of the Destination Resort project such as, Carnival (Genting owns 51% of NCL), the MDM Marriott convention hotel, the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Miami Beach Hotel and Restaurant Association, Disney, and the Orlando Connvention Center among others all branded together to prevent such a project that would clearly eat their lunch.

Of course they can’t tell that truth. They instead organize a bunch of useful idiots to rally against “the gambling”.

Anonymous
3 years ago

http://amp.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article214601205.html

Nuts how politicians can mess up Miami!!
No need for Casinos In Downtown Miami!!

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2 years ago

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Anonymous
3 years ago

What credentials to be able to say they operate Magic City casino… so sad. Miami never seems to know how to reach the major league of cities, does it?

Anonymous
3 years ago

There are too many people in Miami who are happy with their mundane and typically boring type of life and think everybody else should live that way.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Magic City Casino is a disgusting cesspool.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You must’ve been one it’s frequent visitors to know that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami is run by people who grew up on a communist island. How can they know what a world class city is…