Miami Zoning Code Could Be Modified, Severely Restricting New Casinos

Miami commissioners are scheduled to consider legislation at a meeting July 26 to revise the Miami 21 zoning code, restricting the construction of gambling facilities.

The zoning restrictions would codify rules that could make it nearly impossible to legally build casinos in the city’s urban core, by requiring a supermajority commission vote.

Under the new language, gambling facilities would only be allowed to be built as an exception, requiring a four fifths approval vote by the city commission.

Previously, the city’s Zoning Administrator had ruled that gambling facilities were considered “Entertainment Establishments,” and required an exception. The new legislation specifically adds that to the code.

The proposed legislation comes weeks after the state approved a pari-mutuel and poker facility at 3000 Biscayne.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Genting might as well sell their site.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I smell something rotten! And I believe it George Perez’s cologne, Related Number 5!

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is democracy at work. The purpose of zoning is “to promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the community, to protect and conserve the value of buildings, and encourage the most appropriate use of the land.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ok… so watch what happens… casino companies sue…. courts find in their favor and we end up with crappy venues that blight neighborhoods … instead give Genting the ok to move forward with a fsntastic integrated resort that is family friendly and draws tourists to Miami from all over the world…. if this existed no other casino would want to open here because it would struggle to compete….

marc
2 years ago

The Magic City Casino will probably be a crappy venue that blights a neighborhood.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I love it when people throw the word “probably” in a sentence. You’re really stoking the casino naysayers concerns.

Blight 2.0
2 years ago

Truth. The Magic City Casino is a blight on its current neighborhood. Has anyone who reads this blog ever visited? No, of course not.

Afi K James
2 years ago

I hope that voters will approve the casino expansion in november

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s not casino expansion… the amendment take away the legislators ability to approve expanded gambling and requires a majority vote of all Florida registered voters to allow additional gambling….

Afi K. James
2 years ago

I Hope voters will vote for this.

Voters hate casinos
2 years ago

Voters have voted against gambling many times. Polls show 70% of more Floridians oppose gambling. Residents around 30th Street and Biscayne would be 90% opposed to a casino in their neighborhood.

Polo
2 years ago

They already approved a crappy venue on Biscayne and 30, while rejecting Genting’s world class casino and resort. Genting’s Singapore casino and resort is spectacular, without diminishing Singapore status as a major business center.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Heck, Genting’s Resort Casino could’ve been in operation what… at least some three or four years by now?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Having had the pleasure of visiting it last year I can tell you that it is a total class act. Beautiful in every way and the food was amazing!

Anonymous
2 years ago

That is a great point. The Destination Resort on the waterfront would surely drown out any inferior slot rooms or Magic City silliness.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you commissioners.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t like Country an Western music, and you know what, I don’t go to any bars or clubs where it’s being played. But I’m not looking for any legislation to outlaw it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Calder, Seminole Hard Rock, Gulfstream, Micosukee, Magic City + all the cruise ships.. plenty of good options for gamblers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and people who don’t gamble exercise their option to not go to them.

Anonymous
2 years ago

[Read in a whiny little voice] Eeeww but I need public transportation to take me from my door to the Hard Rock door. Stupid politicians…when are they going to expand the Metromover

Anonymous
2 years ago

I guarantee that most of the pro casinos people are snow birds or transplant. Most locals do not want casinos.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gee, a person who knows what most of the people who live in Miami/Dade don’t want.

Okay, tell me which one I don’t want – GIN or VODKA?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Imagine that, a bunch of transplanted northerners who have casinos where their from and still turned out okay monetarily enough to visit or move to Miami.

Wonders never cease.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great , well done. No need for Casinos in Miami!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nothing a court and/or a preemption from the Florida legislature can’t overturn.

Anonymous
2 years ago

im convince this page is flooded with bots or just a office or two of people who just upvote and comment the most assinine things. How is it possible for any one to think its ok for a government to restrict anything like this? There a handful of people that dont want genting…for whatever reason.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Heyyyy… I’m an adult who feels I have the right to restrict whatever adult entertainment that YOU as an ADULT prefer!

Anonymous
2 years ago

If I can legally “medicate” myself with a notorious carcinogen which was illegal for decades, I should be allowed to screw my life over with gambling if ninety-something percent of others have no problem with addiction. Just saying…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bravo….. perfectly stated…..

Dokter
2 years ago

We didn’t want your 2nd hand smoke then, and we don’t want your gaming externalities now. Good day, sir or m’am.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m not bothered by anyone who wants to gamble their own money away, but I will tell you what annoys me and is downright irritating where I live. All these damn dogs people own barking throughout the night and waking me up!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Earplugs

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not that safe if your smoke detector is going off.

A. Nonymous
2 years ago

I agree personal choice is important, however your analogy is imperfect.
Marijuana is beneficial for glaucoma, nausea from chemo, pain management and other conditions.
Not aware of any medical benefits to gambling.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Wow, you’re really one concerned christian warrior, aren’t you? You must have five or six homeless people living with you.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So are countless other legal drugs which could be cheaper if drug companies didn’t price gouge. LOL, seems kind of counterintiutive using weed for nausea for chemo.

Anonymous
2 years ago

so every time politicians don’t like something -gambling or whatever it might be- they just change the rules of a democratic vote? Where do go from here??

Anonymous
2 years ago

Vote them out next election…

Anonymous
2 years ago

they maybe gone then, but the rules stay

Anonymous
2 years ago

Reminds you of the segment on Bill Mahers show called “New Rules” doesn’t it?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nothing smart about this.
OK so folks continue to go to the Indian reservations, expansion continues in the Everglades, the city center continues to have no soul and all the tax goes to the reservation coffers.
Nothing smart about this…

MIA doesn't need casinos
2 years ago

This article is clearly slanted towards the pro-casino crowd. The amendments to zoning rule 21 would give Miami neighborhoods control over deciding whether or not they would allow casinos in their area. It doesn’t BAN casinos, it just requires a majority of the city commission to approve. For everyone implying that this is somehow government overreach, most communities require similar zoning restrictions for adult entertainment businesses.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The article is “slanted towards the pro-casino crowd?”

Funny, I thought the laws when it came to casinos in Miami were always slanted towards the “anti-casino crowd.”

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO CASINOS!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t mind casinos.

NO MOSQUITOES!!!!!!