Resorts World Denied Bid To Move Gaming Permit From Gulfstream

Genting may not transfer a racing license from Gulfstream Park to Resorts World Miami, the State of Florida has ruled.

The company had filed a Petition for a Declaratory Statement with the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation on whether a permit could transferred to the Omni property in downtown Miami. At issue was whether the permit could be moved from Gulfstream, which straddles the Dade-Broward line, elsewhere in Dade, or if it must remain in Broward.

A Final Order was issued on March 1, denying the request.

If it had been approved, it could have opened the door for slot machines to be placed at the Omni.

Florida legislators are still discussing the possibility of expanding gaming this year, and a special session may be called for later this month.

Later this year, a Disney and Seminole-backed state referendum is scheduled on whether to block legislative expansion of gambling. If the legislature fails to act now and the referendum passes, the Seminoles could have a permanent monopoly on gaming throughout the state, except for the few pari-mutuel locations now open.