Florida Governor In Favor Of Casino At Fontainebleau

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a public statement endorsing a casino at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, according to Politico.

Despite the governor’s endorsement, legislation that would have enabled the Fontainebleau casino fell apart during this year’s legislative session.

The proposed bill would have permitted the Fontainebleau’s owner to move a gambling permit from the Big Easy Casino in Hallandale Beach.

A spokesperson for the governor said that the Hollywood and Hallandale area would benefit by the Big Easy property beautified and being converted to housing.

Opponents of the proposal include Citadel founder Ken Griffin (who wrote a letter to the Miami Herald in opposition), billionaire Norman Braman, and Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner.

There is speculation that the legislation will return in 2025, Politico said.

 

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Atlantic City
21 days ago

Oh wow, look who is for his own political pockets and not Floridians. A casino on the beach, what could go wrong? Keep Miami Beach an Atlantic city, not Atlantic City.

Anonymous
21 days ago

The Fountainbleu Resort is a first class facility, not comparable to the casinos of Atlantic City. A casino in the Fountainbleu will be will be more comparable to the casinos of Monte Carlo than Atlantic City.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Considering the OF clientele, I beg to differ.

Anonymous
20 days ago

I’ve been there and witnessed more of a spring break crowd, not like Montecarlo.

Anonymous
20 days ago

You are WAY too optimistic. The types of visitors we get here are nothing like Monaco’s.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Miami would need a lot of casinos to compete with Atlantic city or Vegas. Miami would never be like those cities it has a different character and different types of attractions

Anonymous
20 days ago

There’s more to Florida than your barrier island bubble, you dope.

Anon
20 days ago

not much more, outside of Mickey.

Anonymous
21 days ago

What he really means is… “My conservative beliefs tell me gambling is bad. However, since my political donor wants a casino, then my conservative beliefs don’t matter.”

Anonymous
20 days ago

Funny how the other side cheerleaded the ban on greyhound racing, instead of you know… regulating it better, but when it comes to pot and pedophilia, they’re all for legalization.

Anonymous
20 days ago

There’s widespread evidence that casinos destroy neighborhoods, elevate organized crime, lead to addiction and depression, and bring down property values, transforming the character of an area. The Governor doesn’t seem to stand for anything good anymore.

Anonymous
20 days ago

And boy did the voters see right through him! What an embarrassing showing. It’s a wonder he’s not in permanent hiding after that ass whooping.

Downtowner
21 days ago

I hope opponents are able to shut this down. We don’t need casino tackiness in Miami.

Anon
21 days ago

Should we expand public transit to Miami Beach (aka Baylink)? Yes!

Should we thus massively upzone historic parts of South Beach? No, the transit is to serve an already dense community.

Should Miami (and Miami Beach) address its homelessness problem more aggressively? Probably!

Should Miami Beach build a casino at the Fountainebleau? Probably not. This isn’t Vegas and the Beach doesn’t need the extra activity. It we’re gonna do the A&E district would make more sense.

These problems are separate but are often grouped together.

Anonymous
20 days ago

The Governor laid out plans in the Legislature to tackle the homeless issue a few days ago.

Anon
20 days ago

Yeah my point is the governor is right about homelessness but then is wrong in the same speech about the casinos. Just like the mayor of Miami Beach is right about zoning but not about transit (which he says are linked but doesn’t have to be”.

Mr Bombo
20 days ago

BS

MBvoter
19 days ago

the residents/voters in Miami Beach, have voted this issue down, time and time again, NO to casinos. We don’t want casinos on the beach. What part of the word NO do these politicians and hotel owners not understand?

Anon
21 days ago

Oh wow look who wants to be Governor of Florida again

Kitty w
21 days ago

He didn’t have what it takes to be a man in heels.

Downtowner
21 days ago

LOL.

Anunu
20 days ago

screaming

Anonymous
20 days ago

You need an STD for that.

Downtowner
21 days ago

Dictator of Florida

Miamian
21 days ago

Dick-tator

Anonymous
20 days ago

His dictate real bad to Floridians.

Anon
21 days ago

He wishes

Anonymous
20 days ago

Oh wow look who can’t understand basic civics, considering he can’t run again because of term limits. You must be one of those “vote them all out” folks, too. Scary…

Vote Them All Out
20 days ago

They meant he’s actually attempting to do his current job again. You can’t understand basic sentences.

Anonymous
20 days ago

LoL

Joe
21 days ago

Family values and casinos go hand in hand!

Anonymous
20 days ago

He only cares about men wearing rubber boobies in private clubs, not all the strip club billboards with real boobies all along I95 from Miami to Jacksonville.

Anonymous
20 days ago

What a joke of an industry. Instead of bringing real jobs to Miami we’ll just bring gambling addicts.

Carmen
20 days ago

It would probably turn Miami back to the “Griselda” days – which nobody wants.

Anon
20 days ago

It never left

Anonimia
20 days ago

I am amazed how politicians continue to ignore the will of the people of Miami-Dade County, who have historically and repeatedly turned down gambling proposals every time it has come up for a vote…

Anonymous
20 days ago

Marco Rabio is the worst

Waiting for a casino?
21 days ago

The article could state that the Hotel owner has been looking to do this for many years.The former Miami Herald site never worked out

Anonymous
21 days ago

Won’t this violate the Charter made with the Seminoles and Miccosukees?

Anon
21 days ago

Why should the Indians get to corner the gambling market? Talk about special interests getting special rights.

Anon
20 days ago

Colonizers literally stole their land and now you’re upset they have their own rights in their territories?

Anon
20 days ago

It wasn’t “their” land—they had no defined borders, were at war with each other, and could not defend their claims legally nor physically.

Spot on
20 days ago

Indeed. Why should Indian Tribes get one of if the most money making business in the state?

Small man Big moth
20 days ago

Bobblehead Ron, what happened to the weed vans?

Realist - BC
20 days ago

Ron DeStupid at it again

Steely Dan fan
20 days ago

Why not? Miami need more vice

Anonymous
20 days ago

It needs more nice, far less vice.

Javanka
20 days ago

Ronda, so sadz. So much promise.

Tamiami
20 days ago

If the DeSantis haters are mad then it’s good.

Idan
20 days ago

I don’t see the issue with this. It’s a luxury hotel and will not attract the low grade gambler everyone is screaming about. Those folks aren’t going to travel to Miami Beach and drop $30+ on valet and eat at $100+ a plate restaurants. One thing it will bring is more traffic yes as well as big increase in revenue to Miami Beach.

Parking is no cheap
20 days ago

$30.00 is self parking nowadays no valet will touch a car for less than $50+

Anon
20 days ago

Best not to let valets touch your car anyways

Carmen
20 days ago

You think all that money comes from legitimate ethical income sources? Not the crowd we want in Miami.

NYC Boi
20 days ago

I agree. I moved down to Miami because it’s changing so much. There’s no real character in Miami Beach. Would be nice to see it as a gambling town to finally put it on the map.

Anon
20 days ago

No real character? You spent too much time in NYC, son.

NYSea
20 days ago

I think Miami Beach is up and coming and can use a casino. I really just come down to visit and have fun. No reason to make that area liveable. Let’s make it more of a time square. I think a casino will push it in that direction.

Cody 1
20 days ago

I just moved here from New York last year but it seems like fountain blue would be a great place for a casino. It’s all tourists in that area anyway so really would just benefit that area.

NYC Boi
20 days ago

Agree I’m also from NYC. The neigborhood around fountainbleau has no real history anyway. Everything should just be torn down and rebuilt to be more like Brickell.

Anonymous
20 days ago

I’d rather seem them legalize marijuana if they’re tight on money.

ArgInMia
18 days ago

I thought we were at least getting the educated New Yorkers

Cody NY
12 days ago

I’m a realtor from NYc and I think Miami Beach should be redone to be more like manhattan.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Bring back the original resorts world.