Fontainebleau Owner Now Aggressively Pursuing Casino License, Could Help Resorts World

This may finally be the year that gambling expansion makes it through the Florida legislature.

According to the Herald, Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer has launched an “aggressive new push” to obtain a casino license for the Miami Beach resort. His lead lobbyist is the brother of the speaker of Florida’s House.

Disney and the Seminole Tribe have launched their own aggressive efforts, with a voter referendum scheduled for November that could divest the Legislature of control over gambling and give the Seminoles a monopoly in the state.

A casino at Genting’s Resorts World Miami site could also be in play, according to lawmakers.

Last year, efforts to pass a gambling bill stalled after Flag of Gratitude developer Mike Fernandez, Downtown Doral developer Armando Codina, and car dealer Norman Braman signed a letter opposing expansion in Miami.

 

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Some of the ballrooms in the Fontainbleau were designed, back in 1954,to become casinos. I bet Novack and Lapidus wouldn’t have imagined it would take over 60 years to maybe get it going.

Jesus
2 years ago

As much as I like going to Vegas, I think Miami will be a better place to be a major casino resort. The biggest reason is the beach. Vegas does not have that. Out here in California, I can’t even go to the beach without being reminded of the cold for most of the year. I’m pretty sure it was a pleasant day at the beach today in Miami. I would like Vegas style casinos in Fountainbleau and other hotels. I think we will increase tourism if we can market Miami as a hot beach destination, where real estate is valuable, where all cultures and people are welcome, where we can also do business and create companies across South Florida, and then there is the Port of Miami. Just the idea of combining that with all the cruise ships that leave here will make Miami an economic powerhouse. Marketing just needs to work. Imagine if Amazon also joined us here. We could be the strongest economy in the Southeast. Maybe stronger than Atlanta.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All your points could be valid without gambling…

Anonymous
2 years ago

What would pitch, outside of gambling that would generate an increase in tourism? If you ask me, the beach and weather could only do so much! We could be so much more than just condos and retire’es, we could be economicly sound a true tropical matropolis if we stop challenging progress!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Right… there is already no industries to speak of. might as well bring on something that has a bigger percentage of succeeding than failing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

From your mouth to the ears of the powers above.
It’d be awesome to have casinos and Amazon here

Anonymous
2 years ago

“I think we will increase tourism if we can market Miami as a hot beach destination, where real estate is valuable, where all cultures and people are welcome, where we can also do business and create companies across South Florida”….bb–uu–ttt we already do this!!!

Jesus
2 years ago

Of course we do. But are we really where we should be? I think that having 15 or 20 million people visit Miami annually is too low. It should be no less than 30 million. The state of Florida has about 40 million annual visitors. I want those people to come down to Miami. I want them to spend their money and help our economy and metro area become recognized around the world. There are other hot beach destinations around the world in which we compete with. We should be second to none.

Alan
2 years ago

Aren’t we already stronger than Atlanta?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only in certain aspects.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Short answer: No

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please no, that place has enough riffraff as it is.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You must party there a lot to know that.

mondocondo
2 years ago

I’m sure Sofer doesn’t want riffraff either. Cheers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

But Sofer is making and has made a lot money off of these “riffraff.”

Flymia
2 years ago

Everyone needs to understand we already have a lot of gambling in South Florida.

Go to Hard Rock. What does it look like? A CASINO! Crazy I know. All the crime and terrible things that happen there right?

While I want Miami to be a business center, its not going to be NYC, LA, Boston or London any time soon. What it can be is an absolute world gateway and world class leisure spot. Its already great in that aspect, and it already is a worldwide travel destination. But why would we not want more development that would bring in loads of new tourist, loads of new jobs, and loads of new tax benefits.

My position is this:

1. Each county should vote on it.

2.If the county allows gambling there should be added taxes to casinos that go to only the following: 1. Public transit. 2. Police/Fire 3. Education. NOTHING ELSE. No roads, no traffic studies, no salary increases, a separate fund that only goes to those three things and nothing else.

3.Residential property taxes are lowered based on an equation of the funds that come into the casino tax fund and prior year.

Don’t let Disney and the Native American Tribes decide Florida’s future. The people of Florida should decide.

No to casinos on MB
2 years ago

Just NOT on Miami Beach.

wait
2 years ago

Solid analysis

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Beach does *not* need or want gambling.

Anonymous
2 years ago

you forgot “IMO”

Anonymous
2 years ago

He thinks the city only consist of himself.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Agree.. residents don’t want it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Here is another person that went around and talked to everybody.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Just open another Club Liv.

Rigo
2 years ago

This is exactly what Miami Beach needs, IMO. I am resident and work on the beach. We are currently failing as a city, and falling behind Brickell and Downtown in terms of relevance, and this may be what it takes to turn the city around.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You, Rigo, woke up and smell the coffee!

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL…get off the internet Jeff!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’samatter, can’t stand anyone being on the Internet and recognizing the truth?

Miami
2 years ago

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO !!! let’s keep it going.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nope

Anonymous
2 years ago

NoOoOoOo

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’ll say it in Spanish..NO!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

No no no

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nah, bruh.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Tourist would love the opportunity to gamble

Anonymous
2 years ago

Let’s do it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

forget about opinions, MB has declared many times “no gambling on our fair city” it’ll never happen.

Afi Keita James
2 years ago

We want casinos in south florida.

Anonymous
2 years ago

People who don’t like gambling have two choices if casinos come to Miami… they can either leave the city or stay.

Nobody will make you go to one of them. It’s just that simple.

Anonymous
2 years ago

At least Resorts will be able to accommodate people from West Palm and Fort Lauderdale by train.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is amazing

Anonymous
2 years ago

i just dont understand….how does this help resorts world?…plus didnt resorts just sign a multi year deal for concerts/outdoor venues on that property??….i just dont see this ever being developed by genting….my prediction is its sold and developed into resi/hotel/retail/entertainment……unless amazon decides it wants it……

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Either it sets precedent, or they are able to lobby together.

Anonymous
2 years ago

ok…makes sense…thanks

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ewww.

No to casinos
2 years ago

Miami Beach does NOT need gambling.