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!