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Resorts World Seeking Administrative Approval To Begin Gambling At Omni

Genting is about to request administrative approval from Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering for a casino at the Omni property, according to newly filed court documents.

The company wants to transfer a pari-mutuel permit from Gulfstream Park, which would also allow slots and card games. Genting took over casino operations at Gulfstream last year.

In 2016, Resorts World Omni LLC sued Miami-Dade County and the State Attorney shortly after striking the Gulfstream deal. The lawsuit requested a declaratory judgement on transferring the permit from Gulfstream, which may be illegal since it is located in Broward (and partially in Dade).

Genting wanted the declaratory judgement due to concerns over criminal prosecution if gambling was to begin, but that worry has apparently been resolved. In a filing, lawyers for Resorts World said that after conferring with Miami-Dade and State Attorney lawyers, the declaratory judgement would be “moot” if the DBPR agrees to the transfer.

 

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Oscar
Oscar
I could care less about the morality of gambling. Those who prop up this project as something positive for the area though are wrong. Casinos depress property values and resorts siphon the life out of the immediate area. Think about it, resorts are designed to keep customers and their $ within those walls. Studies show that even in the rare case that a resort drive net tourism (they never do), it’s never enough to offset their cannibalization. For example, one study showed that for every restaurant opened inside a resort, three closed in the area surrounding the resort. The truth is, Miami already receives a healthy amount of tourism and we’re not likely to get a significant boost from adding 1 casino resort. That resort would however likely hurt local businesses in what is already and increasingly bustling neighborhood. This is even worse when you consider that, in the case of Genting, not only will they be taking those $ from local businesses, as an international company, less of those profits will be invested here. So, if you like gambling and want a new cool new venue to play in, that’s fine. But, if you’re someone who is buying this… Read more »
Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

The headlines to come:
“Florida man steals casino chips, tries to swim to sailboat”
“Florida man tries to bet at Casino with bag of cocaine, police find 2 kilos in hotel room”
“Florida woman shoots husband for trying to sell her iPhone outside of Casino”
“Patron whipped in face by Florida man for not betting on red”
“Female tourist goes to casino, recognizes man who stole her purse four hours earlier”
“Casino worker arrested for selling stolen chips next to Publix ATM”
“Florida woman tries to bribe casino worker with sex after losing money”
“Florida teen caught selling faux casino chips to tourists on metro mover”
“Florida family loses net worth before 10-day cruise”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Read the crime reports in the Miami Herald…it’ll make your list look like a weekend in Disney Land.

Haussmann
Haussmann

I’d like to see the studies cited by Oscar. I think destination facilities can be problematic when they are too inward-looking. On the other hand, gambling isn’t necessarily bad. Let’s not forget, before Las Vegas existed, Miami Beach had casinos. My concern is less with “use” and more with “design and planning”.

Oscar
Oscar

Most of them followed what happened in Atlantic City after they legalized gambling a few decades ago. That’s really the best example of a popular tourist spot that added gambling and where we have enough data and historical perspective to draw conclusions. You can find a lot of the info I cited in The Atlantic.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um yeah, one or two buildings with gambling in it will destroy a whole city.

Get a life.

Oscar
Oscar

Yeah, that’s exactly what I said. Excellent reading comprehension.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, and what I do comprehend is that there a lot of cities in this world with casinos in them and they’re doing fine…contrary to the depiction of destruction and doom and gloom casinos will bring by you.

Oscar
Oscar

Has nothing to do with the “casino-ness” of the thing. Again, there are plenty of anti-gambling arguments being made, some more valid than others, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Oscar, stop being such a GROUCH!

Oscar
Oscar

You try living in a garbage can all your life with some guy’s arm up your…

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s not the right line. Do you even Chappelle Show?

Anonymous
Anonymous

As far as I’m concerned, legalize gambling and fully legalize marijuana. If people that enjoy alcohol can have it legally, why discriminate????
Legalize marijuana
Legalize gambling

Anonymous
Anonymous

And legalize prostitution.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What’s next, rape? Pedophilia? You wonder why the left also appeals to proponents of Sharia Law, despite also supporting mentally ill freaks who think they’re the opposite sex and want to use the opposite bathroom.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol ?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Here’s a secret…get married, and there you have it!

Anonymous
Anonymous

i thought this was likely as there would be no reason to build a hotel residential high rise over the omni bus station without this approval…i live next door at venetia condo…im not sure at all how to feel about this but i think its going to happen

Marc305
Marc305

I lived at the Venetia for years and my balcony overlooked the nasty Miami Herald building. Letting Genting build their Casino would be a massive improvement. As I have said before ad nauseam if you don’t like it don’t go. I don’t gamble at all but I would love to enjoy the restaurants and other forms of entertainment that will surely come with this project.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree… What I meant is now I enjoy easy access in and out of Venetia… This will bring a lot of cars in a really tight location… I would not mind the herald property being developed at all

Marc305
Marc305

You are correct Anonymous, but it will not be any worse than living at Met 1, Epic, or Icon. At least you won’t have to deal with a bridge going up over 50 times a day. I think the area around the Venetia will definitely have more traffic in the coming years but it will also look amazing!

Anonymous
Anonymous

The impact of casinos on local property values is “unambiguously” negative, according to the National Association of Realtors. Casinos do not revive local economies. They act as parasites upon them. Communities located within 10 miles of a casino exhibit double the rate of problem gambling. Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence. – CNN

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence.”

Funny, I witnessed those things happen in Miami for years starting in 2007.

Edin
Edin

Fake news.

Anonymous
Anonymous

If CNN says it, you can make book on it. So to speak.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It will be approved and happen as it will be more tax revenue for the politicians to spend….and paying for it will be the poor souls hoping to beat the house.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Poor souls give up their money every sunday in churches and don’t get anything for it…do you have a problem with that to?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Churches don’t pay taxes….

Suomynona
Suomynona

You don’t seem to have understood their point.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Think he did, he was just pointing out that the politicians don’t see church money due to lack of tax payments, at least not as fluidly. Therefore, approving gambling is noticeably more crooked in their eyes as the politician will benefit and the people won’t.

Anonymous
Anonymous

To use a gaming term…Good Luck, there is Zero chance of this getting granted , the only winners in this effort will be the lawyers and lobbyists that are getting paid and that keep telling Genting they can get this done.

MIAMI
MIAMI

Have you ever been to Atlantic City? Gambling was supposed to save the city!, instead it turned it into a greater Ghetto than it already was!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, and Donald Trump made sure of that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Actually, it was competition from Las Vegas becoming more family-friendly, neighboring places which opened casinos, multiple recessions hitting right when redevelopment proposed was to start construction, and fact it was always a vice town which never fully recovered after World War II. Try trolling harder.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh really? So, never mind the casinos with Trumps name on them and him declaring that each one would be the biggest and most luxurious casino anyone has ever seen? And then after the first sign of difficult times, Trump filed for bankruptcy and made off with tens of millions of dollars and left other people holding the bag like the con man he is. Because he’s done that with multiple businesses he’s owned or been a part of.

Next time you try harder, Okay Mr. KoolAid drinker?

Anonymous
Anonymous

That’s not the point. The point was Atlantic City faces bigger problems, and Donald Trump didn’t screw it up. He tried investing and admittedly failed because none of the problems were adequately addressed. Also, making smart business decisions doesn’t make you a con man.

Anonymous
Anonymous

In general residents of Downtown do not want this. Let’s see how far corruption goes in Miami. What a joke.

Anonymous
Anonymous

There’s a U-Haul office downtown should you want to find another part of the city that is quiet enough for you. Downtowns are designed with the most amount of transit, roads, and infrastructure for reason — it is best not to waste all of these facilities.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe you should pack up and head to Vegas?

Edin
Edin

I’m resident of downtown,and I want THIS.

Anonymous
Anonymous

SINNER!!!….

(shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I would be there to check the place out too!!!)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Renters don’t count.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Abuela will be happy

Anonymous
Anonymous

“In general residents of Downtown do not want this. Let’s see how far corruption goes in Miami. What a joke.”

You mean, you guys will be forced to go and partake in this facility?

Anonymous
Anonymous

The joke is on you little mind.
We already have gambling in FL.
Or you’ve never heard of Miccosouki?
Why shouldn’t the city also profit from this vice?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because these anti casino people’s morality outweighs yours.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because reasons and such!!

Suomynona
Suomynona

I couldn’t care less. If people want to gamble, let them.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Genting needs to build a beautiful, luxurious resort.. with or without a casino.. property is incredible enough.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The only people with opinions should be property OWNERS within the immediate area. Please give me one example in South Florida that allows gambling and the surrounding neighborhood is flourishing. When they build casinos (for example in Broward) it is meant to build an economy not cripple it. In this country we build prosperity but studying trends in order to prosper in the future. Anyone who has not studied those trends or go against them truly don’t understand how this works. Though we are not Manhattan (center of the world) the example is clearly given. Go to New Jersey and gamble. In Miami go to Broward or the other sh*t holes. Build sophisticated class A office space, museum, hotel, maybe a glass enclosed ecosystem would be cool but unfortunately does not produce enough monies.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Here’s your example—-Gulfstream. In the neighborhood of Aventura and Golden Isles—both “flourishing”.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The only thing that makes good money in Gulf Stream is the casino. The stores are mostly dead.

Suomynona
Suomynona

I was going to say this. Even portions of Hallandale beach are seeing development.

Anonymous
Anonymous

No

Anonymous
Anonymous

I bet many women said that to you also.

Anonymous
Anonymous

oh yes, more gambling!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yeah, I just took out a loan for a new car. Whew!…now I’m gambling against my credit that I can pay for it in five years.

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