Casino Bill Dead For This Year; Emergency Beach Commission Meeting To Block Gambling

Florida lawmakers ended negotiations on a casino bill and have declared both proposed gambling bills dead for this year’s session, according to the Herald.

The push remains on to legalize casinos through the court system though, with key rulings expected in coming months.

Some local politicians have announced their opposition to casinos in the area. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado told the Herald that he is opposed to Genting building a casino at the Resorts World Miami site, and also opposes Magic City Casino’s plan for gambling at 3000 Biscayne.

In Miami Beach, commissioners are already actively taking steps to prevent gambling on Miami Beach.

An emergency meeting of the commission today ended with a vote opposing casinos in Miami Beach. The ban could eventually be formalized in the city zoning code.


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