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.