Magic City Casino Still Planning To Move Forward With Edgewater Casino After Court Ruling

Lawyers representing Magic City Casino will soon ask commissioners to approve a plan to add a card room and Jai Alai Fronton at 3050 Biscayne, according to GlobeSt.com.

Last week, a judge ruled against the casino, saying that Mayor Francis Suarez had been permitted to veto a commission vote that allowed the casino to move forward. The court only ruled on whether Suarez had veto power.

That hasn’t deterred Magic City.

The casino says it will move forward with either another settlement with the city that allows gambling or with a new lawsuit in federal court.

Lawyers for Magic City say that if commissioners refuse to approve the Edgewater casino, the city could lose millions in legal fees and be forced to allow slot machines in the location if a federal court rules against them.

A state permit allows slot machines on the site, and Magic City says it will add them if the city refuses a settlement and the company wins in federal court.

Magic City Casino has previously said they want to build 24 card tables and the Jai Alai fronton at 3050 Biscayne, by renting 50,000 square feet at a project being developed by Crescent Heights. The Nema apartment towers are planned there.

The lawsuit was funded by Norman Braman and Related Group’s Jorge Perez, who oppose the casino.

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

Miami needs museums and theaters not casinos. We need to attract class not trash

Anonymous
8 months ago

The beach and nightlife attracts everything. You have classy to trashy and there is nothing you can do to filter out segments of the population. No matter how many museums or theaters Miami has, people will always flock to the beaches.

Anonymous
8 months ago

True but you can bring more class with theatres and museums vs bringing more trash with casinos.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah.. Atlantic City was so classy before those casinos came.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Organized crime handled the transition seamlessly. Be confident some unsavory elements will be closely involved with any casino.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Look, he would rather see 85yr old women in bathing suits on Miami Beach.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes, so they can sit empty and invite more homelessness.
I wonder how many times you’ve been to the Historical Museum on Flagler

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah really, I don’t know why both culture and gambling can’t coexist together.
A true dynamic city has to have diversion and variety. We have to eventually offer more than just sun and surf.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yep.. people in Virginia Key say “take your a$$e$ to the Miami Seaquarium and then go home!!!”

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’d feel that way if I lived on Key Biscayne. Don’t think anyone really lives on Virginia Key…at least not in a fixed structure.

Anonymous
8 months ago

people in Virginia Key…..lol raccoons and iguanas only

Anonymous
8 months ago

I actually go to museums quite often and they are usually not empty. We have quite a few in Miami, and the contemporary art ones in particular are really world class – including PAMM, ICA, Frost at FIU, Lowe at UM, Rubell, and even MOCA in North Miami Beach, not counting the private collections – Espacio 23, De la Cruz, and others. There are very few cities in the world with these many contemporary art museums, and people who enjoy contemporary art know about it and that’s why they flocked to Art Basel and every other art event in the city before the pandemic. All of this activity attracted a diverse crowd, both locals and tourists alike. You can build a casino in Edgewater, but I doubt it would bring nearly as much money as all these museums and art events bring to the city. With that said, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, we can have both of them to cater to different people with different tastes.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I don’t want to stop your artsy world.
Why do you want to stop the people that don’t care for it and much rather spend their money on gambling?

Azarius
8 months ago

The ones we have are underused

Anonymous
8 months ago

Ridiculous statement coming from someone who can’t even afford a room at the Wynn let alone Hardrock.

Azarius
8 months ago

So Miami can’t be like other top luxury cities like Monaco and Austria. And the Casinos which are in highly dense areas, do not tarnish the neighborhood or residents add to it!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Probably not. I’ve been to Monaco. It’s a wealthy enclave and bears no resemblance to gambling-heavy locations in the U.S.

Anonymous
8 months ago

No it cannot. No casinos in Miami.

Anonymous
8 months ago

“No it cannot. No casinos in Miami”

I’ll take casinos any day over chickens and roosters roaming around in the streets of Miami.

Anonymous
8 months ago

chickens and roosters don’t break into your house, car, etc. Ill take chickens.

Anonymous
8 months ago

That is a dumb argument. We have break-ins, and robberies, and auto theft, and murders already. Casinos wont add or take away from the opportunistic trash that lives here already. If you don’t like the beach and nightlife joints, don’t go. If you don’t like museums, don’t go. If you don’t like casinos, don’t go. But why try so hard to stop others from enjoying their time in Miami in any of those places? The more we have to offer to money-spending tourists, the better it is for all of us. Let them all come and spend their money here where ever they want. We all win.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The area could really use something like Mary Brickell Village. Something that draws in foot traffic and allows for larger outdoor dining spaces. This is walking distance from the center of Wynwood. The restaurants along the shopping areas in Midtown have inadequate outdoor seating, and the large green space is kindof a wasteland at night. Seems like an opportunity.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Except the museums we get proposed are lame (i.e. Corolla’s pet project Cuban Museum or Berkowitz’s now-canceled concrete monstrosity). Frankly, the area already has good museums at Museum Park and Arsht Center.

That Guyyy (with 3 y’s)
8 months ago

Y’all are funny. If you want Museum and Theatres, go somewhere that has em. Miami is about “Trash” with a lil class. If you guys made Miami solely “classy” it would lose a lot of its young population and mass appeal and revert to being the boring ass retirement home. Also you can’t force museum and theaters somewhere and expect it to work. It’s moronic to think class people are gonna come because you have the museums and theaters. None of those work without rich culture and a historic background! And you don’t get either from old retired boring ass “classy” people. If you guys want to kill the growth in Miami, go ahead.

Anonymous
8 months ago

No one here is arguing in favor of “just” one thing, be it beach or museums. You are just ignorant.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I oppose a Casino in Downtown Miami and Edgewater. I will sign petitions – where are the petitions?

Anonymous
8 months ago

What would you like instead?

Anonymous
8 months ago

A retirement home for me and my friends

Anonymous
8 months ago

I am old and I feel like the city is too young and fast with things like the internet and the bright line. Slow things down. No casinos.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Move then

Anonymous
8 months ago

Pretty sure it was sarcasm

Anonymous
8 months ago

Funny!

J.M.
8 months ago

I would actually rather have a retirement home TBH! And no I’m not a boomer!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well, you may live just as long as some boomers, but that’s not a guarantee.

Anonymous
8 months ago

A giant WalMart!

Anonymous
8 months ago

More shuffle board courts…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Shore power and Metromover extensions to Wynwood and American Dream mall.

Anonymous
8 months ago

outdoor space such as larger food courts, and any other venue that people would come to.
(See Lincoln Mall).

Anonymous
8 months ago

Another boring Melo building with a parking podium

Anonymous
8 months ago

If you’re waiting for a building to excite you, that means you live a very sad life.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Meanwhile at the former herald site

Anonymous
8 months ago

…which should NEVER be used as a casino.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Sorry but I’m grown, I’ll make up my own mind if I prefer to go to a casino or not.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Sure, go to the other ones that are open, not one in downtown Miami…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Gee, I didn’t know YOU were the one who decides what get built and not built in downtown Miami?

Anonymous
8 months ago

All potential an no action just waiting on a signature destination to be erected there HOPEFULLY soon. I’m not supportive of a casino myself but at this point just let them build it!

Anonymous
8 months ago

“Just let them build it?” That’s a terrible way to see it. By that logic you can justify any horrible project simply because it’s better than un/underutilized space. Appropriate land use is more important than land simply being used.

Anonymous
8 months ago

And right now, Miami has land that’s being woefully underutilized. Give the people some casinos if they choose to go to them.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Best that informed risk-capital comes up with a worthy plan. Better to go slow than to have a failed project that becomes an eyesore.

Anonymous
8 months ago

In that case, if we go by what you say, then they should’ve kept the empty Miami Herald building there for at least another two or three decades.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The best comment on this thread.

Casey
8 months ago

Could be a world class resort that steals more partiers away from Vegas (that’s a mixed outcome)

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well that’s too bad that Vegas is in a desert instead of being on the ocean.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes, a resort without casinos!

Anonymous
8 months ago

… or casinos without the resort!

Anonymous
8 months ago

the seminoles are blocking every attempt to build a large casino there, they guarantee a payment of USD 300 Mio a year to the State of Florida for having a quasi Monopoly

Anonymous
8 months ago

you can’t build without the gambling license and there are certain elements which will never let that happen…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yep.. like the Seminole Indians, Norman Braman, and Jorge Perez.

Anonymous
8 months ago

…..and some narrow minded residents.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I miss the Herald building.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I miss the grand 1920s hotels along Biscayne Boulevard, that were built on the backbone of unenforced gambling laws.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You mean the Everglades hotel? Yup, another beautiful building that was demolished for crap to be built in it’s location.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I miss Gilligan’s Island.

lol…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not to be sarcastic or anything, but I was being genuine. The Herald building withstood the test of time with various powerful hurricanes. That building was a built like a bunker. If another Cat 5 hurricane comes your way, you will miss the old Herald building.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Norman Braman and Related Group’s Jorge Perez want to make sure that nothing interferes with their money.

Anonymous
8 months ago

i wonder what will ever be built at gentings property…i guess theywill probably sell it soon

Anonymous
8 months ago

European cities have casinos and their theaters and museums are doing just fine.

Azarius
8 months ago

Monaco

Anonymous
8 months ago

I remember the first time I went to Germany.. I was shocked to see nude pictures of people in the glass cases outside the theaters. I thought to myself “people would have a fit if they saw that somewhere outside a theater in the United States!”

Anonymous
8 months ago

A big NO to casinos.

J.M.
8 months ago

Gross. This is one development I don’t want to see happen.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Look the neighborhood around of magic city casino. Look Dania beach what king of people leaves around of casinos.The casinos bring degradation in their areas. Never will let open casino in downtown area. Dream on.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Somebody should never let you write a comment again.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Go to leave in Holywood if you want to play in casinos.

Anonymous
8 months ago

magic city casino did not bring any degradation to that neighborhood. that has always been a modest neighborhood. i think it looks a little better now that they are remodeling a couple of shopping centers and building new buildings and they will build a nice mixed project a few blocks from the casino

Anonymous
8 months ago

You can’t see other things or things happening when you’re bashing casinos.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The impact of casinos on local property values is “unambiguously” negative, according to the National Association of Realtors. Casinos do not revive local economies. … Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence.

Azarius
8 months ago

We need more entertainment! That’s just it restaurants and bars with strict sound restrictions aren’t going to cut it. And the tech Industry boom that everyone think is going to revolutionize Miami isn’t really going to happen the way they think. No new silicone valley of the east. That’s Epcot but the theme park not the city lol. Downtown Miami needs more! If not downtown then at least the beach.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You wrote that much better Azarius than the run-on sentences that you’ve been used to writing.

Anonymous
8 months ago

True! Good job Azarius

Azarius
8 months ago

😂🤣🤷🏽‍♂️

Anonymous
8 months ago

Casinos need to be taxed at a 50% rate minimum. Don’t need another casino.
If you are wanting an increase in crime, drinking outdoors (boozing it up), go for it.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The impact of casinos on local property values is “unambiguously” negative, according to the National Association of Realtors. Casinos do not revive local economies. … Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence. Doesn’t seem the path everyone wants to take.

Anonymous
8 months ago

We are all adults. If someone wants to go to a casino let them go.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Totally agree. For that guy up on top who is going to oppose it, he’s so weak. Temptation will drive him to gamble his fortune.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Nah.. I think some woman will take all of his money first.

POLO
8 months ago

They blocked Genting, a world class casino, and all they are getting now is a ship Magic City casino!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes to Genting, No to this.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Meanwhile.. resales at Related’s Paraiso project are down 25-30% from pre-construction sales numbers… so it’s not like the card rooms are going to do your crap project any worse, Jorge. 😉

Anonymous
8 months ago

Great the casinos need to be closed for ever

Anonymous
8 months ago

Why are you all so scared of casinos? What real harm will they do?

Anonymous
6 months ago

As a resident of the area, I am happy to see how Edgewater has evolved to become this modern up and coming neighborhood.I feel safe and at peace when me and my family walk at Margaret Pace park at any time of day. I personally don’t think the casino will bring the right kind of people to the neighborhood and doesn’t justify the low income jobs that it provide. I will do not move from my home, but will do whatever necessary to keep it safe for my family. No to the casino

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’m all for it

Azarius
8 months ago

Build the casino

Anonymous
8 months ago

But I’m scared I might… GAMBLE!!!

lol…

Anonymous
8 months ago

there are plenty of museums in south beach and its about as low class lately as youcan get

Anonymous
8 months ago

Build a Casino in South Beach, it would be more appropriate than Miami.

Anonymous
8 months ago

We don’t want casinos

Anonymous
8 months ago

“We don’t?”

I want a Bentley instead of this Honda Civic… will you buy me that?

Anonymous
8 months ago

There is nothing wrong with both

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah.. let’s just give more tourist action to Miami Beach.

Miami will never progress with people who think like you.