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.