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

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

true

The Mayor

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

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

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

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

50’s Havana.. watching jai alía

ILoveMiami

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Yeah, but the doors are open my-man.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

LETS GO GENTING

Anonymous

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

Bingo

Anonymous

Winner winner chicken dinner

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

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

Anonymous

Wtf?!

Anonymous

Hopefully not a skanky casino.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Sorry Genting welcome to the bannana republic…

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

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

What do you mean no bay views?

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Not enough Lol!

Anonymous

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

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

ILoveMiami

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

This is obviously a joke, right?

Anonymous

Best comment on here!! 😀

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

Exaggerate much?

A. Nonymous

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

The Mayor

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

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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

Jon

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

Donald Trump, is that you?

Mondocondo

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

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

Anonymous

so SAD!!!

Sertorius

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

Anonymous

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

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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Anonymous

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

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

Magic City Casino is a disgusting cesspool.

Anonymous

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

Anonymous

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