Politicians Are Negotiating Again On Revising Gaming Laws, Including Possibility Of Destination Resorts

Could 2015 be the year that Florida legalizes destination casino resorts?

In an interview with the News Service of Florida, incoming House Speaker Steve Crisafulli signaled that he is open to the idea of destination resorts. In previous years, conservatives in the House have stymied gambling legislation, while the more moderate Senate has been more open to the idea.

A 2010 compact signed with the Seminole Tribe that allows table games expires later this year and is up for renegotiation. Last month, Governor Rick Scott held a secret meeting with executives from Miami-area casinos to discuss the pending negotiations with the Tribe.

Resorts World Miami owner Genting and Sheldon Adelson have spent significant sums on lobbyists and campaign contributions in recent years in an effort to legalize destination resorts.

 

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Dan
5 years ago

Let’s say Florida legalizes destination casino resorts.

Will this give a green light for Resorts World Miami?

marc
5 years ago

Yay let’s turn Edgewater in to the Atlantic City of the south.

Hopeful
5 years ago

Yes! It’s about time they let Genting build their casino.

Obviously
5 years ago

In the meantime this thing needs a redesign, this one is ugly.

XVS
5 years ago

It most certainly is.

Hopeful
5 years ago

I would love to see a beautiful casino downtown! It would make downtown a well rounded destination with lots of activities to suit every I taste!

marc
5 years ago

Are there casinos in the downtowns of Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, or in Manhattan?

Obviously
5 years ago

Do Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, or Manhattan have a heavy tourist dependent economy like Miami?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Can’t agree more. Don’t see many mega Casino’s right smack in the downtown of any world class cities.

Rod
5 years ago

Aren’t there casinos in London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Holland, Montreal and Vancouver.

laz
5 years ago

unless Genting gets into bed with one of the tribes of south florida its not going to happen, the Indian casinos dont want this competition unless they are going to get a cut.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. (we already took their land, now this? i dont think so)

WhyNotNow
5 years ago

Miami doesn’t need casinos. Casinos need Miami. It’s a failing industry, look at Vegas and Atlantic city. Both are tearing down abandoned casinos. To all the rah, rah casino crowd here, do you actually think casinos will make a better Miami?

Obviously
5 years ago

Well better drivers would make Miami a better city but we still have to put up with these horrible drivers because they still manage to get a driver’s license.

You’ll learn how to deal with casinos.

simeon gourousis
5 years ago

Wake up, some people love to gamble.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

I don’t quite understand what is the big deal with letting Genting build their Casino/Resort, there are casinos within a 25 minute drive in almost every direction, and this promises to be a magnificent one, Miami is already a party town where people come to have fun, a mega casino like this is a no-brainer, no this will not turn into Vegas. Look at the Marina Bay Casino right on the bay of Downtown Singapore it includes a mall and attracts an enormous amount of foot traffic all around it, not only for gambling but for dining, clubbing, shopping; that’s what downtown needs, more hubs of activity. Eventually this would lead to Biscayne being turned into a walkable “Rambla” where people enjoy walking at attending all of the attractions nearby: The Opera, Bayside/skyrise, Workdcenter, the Museums, the Casino….let this city grow.

politician are such Hypocrites
5 years ago

Agree with U, let the city grow people there are already casinos in south florida whats is the problem with build one more
this politician are such Hypocrites …. and guys why are you so afraid of casinos?

Afi
5 years ago

we need a casino in downtown miami, combined with convention center, a mega mall and more.

Aldo
5 years ago

This would destroy the Venetian had this happened ten years ago,maybe! but now we don’t need it.

Oscar
5 years ago

Let me clue you in on something, international gambling conglomerates are not in the business of community building or civic improvement. Resorts, by design, are meant to keep their customers and their respective wallets within their walls. For every restaurant that was opened inside of a casino in Atlantic City’s promised renaissance, three shut their doors outside. Downtown Miami and Edgewater are already doing well. Since when did having these neighborhoods continue to grow at the current break-neck pace and at the hands of local developers who are more inclined to reinvest their profits in this market become a bad idea? Why risk ruining a good thing?

Fredric
5 years ago

At this stage, destination resort-style casinos with full spectrum gaming will not have a negative effect on Miami nor will it hamper the emerging and future status of Miami as a world-class city.

In this day and age, casino gambling has reentered the mainstream of American society and the American cultural psyche after many decades of severe restriction due to the influence of Christian fundamentalists and the like. In Europe, most of Asia, Latin America and elsewhere the majority of people have never quite understood the Puritanical quirk in the American culture. There is no stigma in most of the rest of the world, save for some fundamentalist nations in the Middle East, regarding casinos. In fact, many European tourists are surprised to find that Miami does not already have full spectrum casino gaming and many are disappointed by this as well. Turning that around will require introducing destination-resort casinos to the area.

So in the final analysis, casino gaming will not hurt Miami either in the short term or in the long run and it may well improve economic prospects in the tourist sector and elsewhere. Eventually tourism will no longer be the leading industry in Florida or in Miami but it will always be important and adding more options can only benefit the situation.

Gables
5 years ago

WhyNotNow and Oscar have it right. I can understand people being excited by a destination casino downtown, but research shows that it is never a good idea. Genting and Sheldon Adelson are lobbying so hard to get destination casinos in Miami because there is big money to be made. Las Vegas is struggling and Atlantic City is dead. All the money the destination casinos make will not stay in Miami. It will go directly back to Genting in Malaysia and Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas. We should work to encourage growth in diverse industries, such as our blossoming tech scene, the film industry, our huge health care and research facilities. I’m not against gambling; I’m for Miami.

Obviously
5 years ago

Las Vegas is saturated with casinos and that is just leading to cannibalization. Atlantic City was dead before casinos were introduced and with casinos opening up in New York and other nearby states, that just sent the gambling industry there in a death spiral. Comparing the impact of the first resort casino in Miami it to the negativity that’s happening in Atlantic City and Las Vegas is like trying to compare superbowls by saying “the Patriots are going to lose to the SeaHawks like the Broncos did.” Speculation doesn’t absolutely lead to fact.

Miami is not Las Vegas or Alantic City.

Gables
5 years ago

I agree. Miami is not Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Let’s keep it that way!

Really???
5 years ago

The problem is that most people simply like to argue and complain against something instead of trying to understand it. For some there is the moral aspect and so they will always be against it. But that issue is no different than alcohol or any other vice.

The second is that most people seem to envision a suburban casino built with a huge sea of parking around it that is basically a destination unto itself with all the degenerate addicted gambles hanging out in the parking lot.

Building a casino in the city is a completely different animal than in the suburbs as you have completely different zoning. Especially when you are giving them an exemption and you can basically create whatever zoning you want. All you have to do is make the approval contingent upon making it open to the neighborhood, creating a riverwalk, connecting it public transit. Heck why not throw in some park and green space while your at it.

And this would be a high end casino with high end shops around it. So you don’t have to worry about “those” people riding in on the bus to blow their entire paycheck on 2 hands at the blackjack table.

Casinos are moving into more and more cities around the country. If anything we need to get rid of the seminole casinos as they are the old and model that are bad and replace them with more urban connected versions.

Anonymous
5 years ago

It will never happen.
Genting basically want that every tourist penny that comes into Miami to get spent in their casino.
Kills all the outside business including other Hotels, Restaurants, Disney and the cruise industry.

With employment picking up there is no way they’ ll get this passed if it goes to a vote.

Miami doesnt need Casinos..the Casinos need Miami.

Thanks God the main business leaders in Miami Dade all have opposed casinos.

They tried passing it when unemployment was high and missed it…no way it will.pass now.

Flymia`
5 years ago

I always find it funny when people say “Miami does not need casinos.” Yes there are no Casinos in Downtown or Miami Beach but wake up people, Miami has casinos, two of them are almost full out casinos with Micusokee and Hardrock. There are slots, poker, other game machines and dogs, horses all over the city. What are these fake casinos? Does this type of betting not count?

Miami is not Vegas, it has almost 4x the people. 2-3 destination casinos is not going to kill the economy or close restaurants. It will bring in jobs, and bring in tax dollars with more tourist, and not every tourist will be staying at the casino. There are plenty of places they would stay.

But it is an uphill battle with the Tribes, and even more importantly Disney against this.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami nor Miami Beach need casinos…keep them as far west as possible, far away from our cities.
Urban casinos will not pass.

Obviously
5 years ago

What’s your problem with casinos?…you have a problem controlling yourself in them?

Anonymous
5 years ago

I don’t want urban casinos same reason why the Chamber of Commerce , Disney and the major business men of Both Miami and Miami Beach opposed them.
They kill restaurants, retail, and hotel businesses around them. They kill rental apartments.

I agree that they should exist as they exist now…basically in the middle of the Everglades.

Obviously
5 years ago

Oh, Ok, I didn’t know that all of the restaurants, retail establishments and hotels that were ever built in MiamiDade never went out business and still exist.

And how would a casino in Miami kill some rental apartments?

Peter
5 years ago

Ugh, no to gaming in Miami!

Obviously
5 years ago

If it’s approved and Genting build’s one in Miami, don’t worry Peter, nobody will put a gun to your head and make you go there.

Marc305
5 years ago

Exactly! No one is holing a gun forcing anyone to go gambling. I personally do not gamble, never have, never will, but I do enjoy going to the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood. They have restaurants, bars, night clubs, and comedy clubs. Would love to be able to take the Metromover and go to Genting. Make it happen!

Anonymous
5 years ago

guest what? there’re already casinos in Miami but not as fancy and revenue producing like Miami world resorts will be!

Edin Coralic
5 years ago

Nobody and Nothing can stop it,Miami is going for BIG,It is not just “gaming”,it is everything else,its a new metro from Miami to Miami Beach,its new railway from Miami to Orlando,its several new museums and shopping centres, its hundreds new condo and office buildings,its new hotels and convention centres, its millions new people moving here in next 5 to 10 years,its billions of investment from around the world,its new Miami port,and new MIA terminals, its new Miami Design District…That is Miami ,magic city…world city,Singapore of America.