Jorge Perez: ‘Will Do Anything In My Power’ To Block Edgewater Casino

Related Group’s Jorge Perez says he will work to kill a proposed casino at 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, after it was approved by the state last week.

Perez told the Herald yesterday that he would do anything in his power to stop the proposal, and was preparing to “mount an attack.”

He also took a shot at the landlord and tenants of the proposed projects, saying “It would be very sad to see that two families with established roots in Miami would damage this community in such a way for what is financial gain.” Crescent Heights is the landlord, with Magic City Casino’s parent company, controlled by the Havenick family, the tenant.

Perez said he was opposed to any form of gambling in downtown Miami.

Norman Braman, Alberto Ibarguen, Armando Codina and Craig Robins are also opposed to the new casino and plan to work on fighting it, the Herald wrote.

Magic City Casino’s parent company is near a deal to lease 50,000 square at 3030 Biscayne Boulevard. Jai-alai games will be held from May through November (only a summer jai-alai permit is approved), while the facility will host improv comedy performances and concerts for local bands in the winter.

Once the first jai-alai game takes place, the more lucrative poker room is permitted to begin operation. Slot machines and table games are not permitted.

 

Jorge Perez op-ed in the Herald: A casino in Miami’s urban core? Hell, no!

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Jorge is probably also blocking Genting too.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good! I hope he is. He’s right. A casino in the urban core is a bad idea. And before everyone starts yelling at me, do your research. We have decades worth of research showing that the urban fabric deteriorates from casinos, which tend to cannibalize existing businesses and economic activities.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh please! Get off your high horse. The same crap was said about Hard Rock Casino and the Casino in Aventura. Guess what? Nothing happened! The only reason why these billionaires are against it is because it will affect their pockets. I am all for Casinos and I have never gambled a day in my life. It will bring so much more to downtown and give locals like me fun things to do. I hope Genting fights this with as much candor as Perez seems to have.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re right… the average person that lives where casinos are spends about $100 when they go to a casino which is most likely once a year, if that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

what causes crime is poverty and a lack of police presence which leads to prostitution and street drug dealing and that leads to street gangs taking over the neighborhood casinos dont cause those kinds of problems,if that was the case las vegas would be the most dangerous city in the world.property values depend on several factors and not whether they are nearby a casino or not.

Anonymous
2 years ago

?that’s true!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not a fan of 3030 Biscayne casino.
BIG FAN of the RESORTS World Miami plan for a Destination Resort, Marina, Hotel, 250,000 sq ft. meeting/convention spaces, 250,000 retail space, bay walk and 10 acre amenity deck with swimming pools/lagoons/bars/restaurants, etc with a 3rd floor gaming floor.
I have researched the issue for several years and listened to many views on the issue. Most people against Genting, #1 Didn’t understand that the size of the casino in Resorts World is about the proportional size if a casino on a cruise ship. #2. Don’t understand that Resorts World was really a convention center/hotel.
Destination Resorts ATTRACT conventions and visitors from outside South Florida. The bring dollars from Boston, LA, Chicago, Brazil, wherever…and they leave their dollars in Miami.
If I understand the 3030 Biscayne Casino correctly…this the closer to the cannibalization worry. These attract local dollars that may have gone to a Marlins Game, a movie, or a local restaurant.

Anonymous
2 years ago

AGREE

Anonymous
2 years ago

Imagine an iconic casino complete with a large stage for performances, multiple clubs, 80 restaurants, and a bunch of people from all over the world coming to Miami to spend money as a tourist.

This has the chance to be a major catalyst for the urban core providing thousands of jobs, if executed correctly. It is a shame this city has lacked a vision on just about everything for its entire future (transportation, education, etc.)

This is as simple as everything else in the world: if you don’t like gambling, don’t go gamble! There are MANY people go to Vegas to see a show, an event, or a club and never spend money in the casino because that’s not their cup of tea.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly! My business partners and I are exactly part of that group. We are looking forward to the Hard Rock in Hollywood to reopen next year. We go there at least once a month. We go to Las Vegas once a year to enjoy the strip, eat at the Gordon Ramsey and other famous chefs restaurants, watch Magic shows, comedy, and dance the night away at the many night clubs. We have never ever gambled nor would we ever. But we love Casinos, if done right Genting would be an amazing addition to the city. People like Braberman make me sick, how the hell is he still around he has to be around 100 by now. Him I understand but Perez??? Seriously??? That just makes me sad!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

You sound like a lobbyist. Calm the f down….

Anonymous
2 years ago

These local billionaires don’t have anything better to do?. or they just need to show off their power and how they run this city? Casinos dont bring crime they are very safe they have a lot of security and police officers in their premises.property values depend on many things. Downtown miami will continue to grow with or without a casino in the neighborhood. Casinos are not just for gambling they are an entertainment complex. and they bring an entertainment option for the city. People who fear casinos should find a way to compete with them instead of blocking them and scaring people into supporting them to run the casinos out of town

Anonymous
2 years ago

As an owner of an apartment down the block, I can only hope this is stopped. All casinos/gambling does is hinder property values and bring in low paying jobs along with crime. For those of you who see nothing wrong with it, ask them to put the casino on your block. Casino’s should not be in residential neighborhoods.

Anonymous
2 years ago

True,

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes – land on the Las Vegas strip is worthless and nobody would ever want to own land there.

Oh wait! There’s a way to check this with reality and facts. Land on the Las Vegas strip sells for upwards of $30 million an acre!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gee, I didn’t know that there are high paying jobs and no crime in that area? Where you are in Miami must be one very well kept secret.

Anonymous
2 years ago

false

Anonymous
2 years ago

I live at the Venetia and YES!
Please put it in my front yard. Thank you!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I live there too…. and I still don’t understand the hating of Genting…. this is not some magic city replica…. this is a beautiful resort property with tons of family friendly and other attractions for people wanting dining club and resort amenities … with a casino portion that is less than 10 percent of the project…. for God’s sake google images of Genting Singapore or Malaysian resorts and then you’ll get it!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I did that just now, man! you were not kidding there is even videos of the restaurants, nightclubs, bowling alleys, pools, just amazing. Miami just doesn’t get it, we have grown so much but we still have rich ass backwards people stuck in the past who hate anything to do with Casinos.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Correction, Miami has boring rich ass backwards people living in it.

Somewhere like the Design District and a glass of wine before they go to bed is all the excitement they need.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Your same apartment in Las Vegas is worth 5 times more !?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please
Move to Doral or Weston

Anonymous
2 years ago

They kind of missed the boat on this.

The permit has already been approved. This wasn’t done without notice either. We’ve all read months ago on thenextmiami that this was in the works.

Guess Related doesn’t read the blog, LOL.

Anonymous
2 years ago

When you have the power to reverse rulings…why bother reading blogs

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wish he went after Mana like that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

People like Jorge Perez, Norman Braman, Alberto Ibarguen, Armando Codina and Craig Robins are all businessmen. God forbid that the city of Miami would have the nerve to approve something like this to exist which might siphon money away from their high priced condos, cars, or whatever else they’re selling. And Jorge Perez, you didn’t givadamn what anyone thought or how they where against it when you connived the city into putting your name on a publicly own museum.

Anonymous
2 years ago

He has development across the street so that is why he suddenly cares. He most likely blocked that walmart being built on 29th st to since he owns midtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If he blocked walmart from being built in Midtown, then he is my hero! Go Jorge!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah that part I do agree with him on, I don’t want it on 29th st and north miami ave either.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A museum that has not too much art ?and cost a lot !!!!

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

He gave a lot of money so they would put his name on it. Like all of us, he will die one day. Then in the future, they will resell the naming rights to someone else.
(See Avery Fisher Hall in NYC, now David Geffen Hall).

Anonymous
2 years ago

Perez didn’t give “a lot of money” to the city, he donated million of dollars of his art collection for his name to be put on the museum.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly! Mr. Perez didn’t have the cojones to say the same about Gentings casino.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If Casinos bring Crime, Drugs, Prostitution and poverty …. where are the Casinos in Liberty City, Overtown Opalocka and Miami Gardens ?
?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Well said brother/sister… well said!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah… were casinos the cause of the Medicare fraudsters in Miami? Or the cocaine cowboys back in day for that matter.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank god some people with the right connections and checkbooks are willing to fight this.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and they’re also willing to put you in debt by trying to purchase one of their high priced condos or cars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This in not a location for a casino

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

Get a load of this guy

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t see what the issue is. It clearly states there will be no slot machines or table games permitted. I’m sorry but that’s not a casino. This is gonna be more of an entertainment venue with jaialai and poker which are both considered sports. You don’t see slot machine tournaments on espn. I think people are overreacting here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I used to live a few blocks away from Hard rock in Tampa. Trust me I didn’t have much money because I was working an average job. Most of the people in the area didn’t have Much money an went to the casino as I did. I never once seen any negative effects from that casino in the area. A lot of people was there having fun an not just gambling. People think casino just means gamble but it’s so much more than that. There are clubs, restaurants, hotels among other things. I’m not sure why people are so against them when they are nothing like what you might think. Not only that casinos in Florida are not Vegas style casinos as they don’t have license like they do in Vegas. Casinos here are still limited to certain types of gambling unlike Vegas where anything goes.

Wynn
2 years ago

The flood gates of gambling are beginning to open

Anonymous
2 years ago

then you shouldn’t have any power at all. Stop this big government crap, you ruined it by going against genting

Anonymous
2 years ago

England lost!!?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good at least now we have a 50/50 chance that we will have a first time world cup champ. Just glad it is not Brazil, Germany, or Italy. They each have 5/4/4 world cups. Time for someone new. Go Croatia!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Typical Jorge. He is stuck trying to sell unsold inventory and reading articles about Melo’s new projects. FYI Related is no longer the largest developer in Miami, Melo is

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol……..

Anonymous
2 years ago

That’s funny! The next thing you know, is he is going to tell his sales people to convince people that there is going to be a baywalk all the up to 36th Street!!!!
Suckers!

Anonymous
2 years ago

The Four Ambassadors are the low income housing projects of Brickell !!!! ??????????????

Anonymous
2 years ago

They are a Brazilian Favela or Colombia villa miseria

Anonymous
2 years ago

He should be concentrating his efforts on something else.

Anonymous
2 years ago

He just open a brand new building with 3 condo towers one block away from this site. He needs to protect his business. Casinos bring down property values around them.

Gambling is bad
2 years ago

Jorge Perez has a staff. He has lawyers. Why didn’t someone give him a heads up?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is increasingly becoming one of the world’s leading cities for money laundering after Hong Kong, London, New York and LA. Casinos provide another tool for foreign investors to launder money and evade taxes. If they let this through, I bet this casino will have like 12 retiree patrons and somehow report billions in bets.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please
Get over it

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is about sports betting. I will reserve judgment until I can check out the new sports books around NYC.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I am with you Perez!!!
that land is prime, and should be used in a better way, what about a nice park, and let Beckham finally build wherever the hell he wants.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, what?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hahahaha
What a joke
A park to bring in vagrants…

Anonymous
2 years ago

No Casinos are needed in Miami! Get the f..out of the City. put them in the middle of the Everglades. we dont want to be a Las Vegas.
It wont pass with this opposition.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, people should rely just on you for entertainment.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beware folks.. few ever come out ahead.. don’t lose your house at the card table.. LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree. If you grew up in Miami you don’t want casinos. We have fought them for years. We don’t want them here. Crescent heights can go to Atlantic City to help that deteriorated area instead of bringing cancer here. Shameful of them to contribute to the downfall of cities to enrich themselves! We don’t want more drugs, we had enough of them in the past. Go away, bring your darkness to another town. Not here!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

It depends on when you “grew up in Miami”. Miami Beach especially has a long history of gambling at Horse tracks, Dog tracks, card rooms, etc.
Quit saying, “we”. You mean, “you” don’t want them. You probably don’t want an improved Miami Beach Convention Center either….NIMBY.

iFlyMIA
2 years ago

Ever seen the SpongeBob episode where Patrick says “We should push it somewhere else”

Yeah, well, why don’t we push Jorge Perez somewhere else?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Time for him to go off to pasture.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Jorge, you’re the man!!! Someone has to stand up and fight, otherwise we will turn into another coastal town with gambling… remember that sh*t hole Atlantic City?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Atlantic City was a sh*t hole before gambling and it is still a sh*t hole with gambling.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t understand all the opposition to casinos. Plenty of world class cities have them in and are doing just fine. It’s not like there is going to be one on every block.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami already has plenty of them.. we just don’t need one downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, just insert another museum somewhere downtown and call it a day… yyyaaawwwnnnn…………..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Name one in America. I’ll wait.

Anonymous
2 years ago

There are note many in the US because of strict laws and misconceptions. Tons of European cities that are much more world class than Miami have them.

http://www.bestcasinosites.net/blog/top-5-gambling-destinations-europe.php

Anonymous
2 years ago

Las Vegas ….

Anonymous
2 years ago

Harrah’s in New Orleans.
The Bicycle in Los Angeles.
Personally, I like the casinos in Switzerland, Buenos Aires, Paris, Monaco, etc.
They are always elegant and in classic, luxury, hotels.
http://www.casinomontecarlo.com/