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.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Oscar
3 years ago

Whether you agree with them or not, this is the rare instance where local politicians spurn big-time developers in favor of their principles…. that is unless they’re just thinking about even-bigger-time-players like the Seminole Tribe… and Disney… and, oh, never mind.

anonymous rex
3 years ago

lol yeah I was about to say Seminole Tribe.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Follow the lead of Miami Beach.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why?…Miami Beach don’t give a “F..K” about mainland Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

He’s referencing the casino ban Miami Beach wants to enact

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey Sherlock, I know what he/she is talking about. Why follow MB’s lead? They don’t forty story buildings either…should Miami follow their lead on that too?

suomynona
3 years ago

Miami Beach is backwards.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yay!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Keep gambling out of Miami.. plenty of locations for gambling already exist.

marc
3 years ago

clarify – keep gambling out of Downtown Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, because downtown Miami has so many things a person can get into…that’s why most of it is so dead at night.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, it does. Maybe come visit from the burbs once in a while

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree with the decision, personally, however I don’t like government meddling with private property development decisions, I find this heavy handed. The reality is that the casinos would be very hard pressed to find any land of suitable size and quality to support any development of that size any ways on the island, maybe if they were to do it in North Beach (aka Ghetto South Beach). But the economics at this point and geography on Miami Beach make it almost impossible for large sprawling developments such as what Ghenting wants to do to be done in Miami Beach, the economics just don’t hold there. So to me this is political gamesmanship that plays well to the NIMBY crowd. Pure posturing. Miami Beach city government has very quietly become as oppressive a government with regards to real estate development, as Coral Gables. The culture of ‘no’ and the NIMBYism has gotten out of hand that now politicians strictly focus on curry favor with neighborhood groups which general translates into an anti-development position. It’s kind of scary.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’ve always said don’t put casinos on Miami Beach, just let main land Miami have them. It would be refreshing that way, because it would give a visitor to MiamiDade different options and a place that looks and feels totally different.

suomynona
3 years ago

Casinos. No casinos. Who cares.

Fredric
3 years ago

It is typical of the useless Florida legislature to fail to take action on this issue. Now the courts are going to rule in favor of pro-gambling interests because neither the state nor local jurisdictions will be able to come up with legally-justifiable reasons for blocking casinos. Just saying “we don’t like them and we don’t want them here” is not going to cut it. A statewide referendum against allowing casinos might keep casino interests at bay, at least for a few years. But lawmakers are unwilling to risk a vote because unlike decades ago, when a cloud of stigma still hung over the issue of casino gambling, an anti-casino measure would probably not pass today.

Anonymous
3 years ago

beautiful….the fools on the hill couldnt agree so now the state of florida risks the courts finding in favor of casinos and the seminole billions paid to the state evaporate…our “leaders’ go on with their lives and we will make up the loss of $$ with some new tax on fuel or likewise….STILL no forward movement…..

Anonymous
3 years ago

wut

Anonymous
3 years ago

He, or she, is right, taxpayers in Miami are getting raked over the coals from paying for a tunnel for trucks, baseball stadium, museums, etc etc etc…..

Taking taxes from a resort casino would be a big relief.

Andres J
3 years ago

Sleepy town by the ocean?? Where do you live!!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

LOL.. I was thinking same thing.. Not very sleepy or quiet from my condo on the beach.

Edin
3 years ago

Only in Florida,one step forward, ten step backwards. I already said,Miami will never be world class city,just another sleepy town by the ocean.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Have you ever been to Miami?

AndrewN
3 years ago

A casino does not make a city world class. There are plenty of examples of world class cities without casinos.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami is a “World Class City?” When did it get that ranking?