Senate To Vote On Bill That Could Permit Casino At Resorts World Miami

Florida lawmakers are once again considering a bill that would allow a casino to be built in Miami-Dade or Broward.

The bill was already approved by a Senate committee last week. It is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate when it convenes on March 7.

In previous years, Florida lawmakers have failed to approved bills as time ran out for a deal before the legislative session ended. This year is different though, as lawmakers have the legislation ready to go even before the session begins.

If approved, two new casinos offering slot machines would be permitted, as part of a new deal with the Seminole Tribe. One of those new casinos could be Genting’s Resorts World Miami, ( they would have to compete with other bidders for the rights.)

The Florida House is not on board with the plan yet though, and has a competing bill that doesn’t allow for gambling expansion. Negotiation between the Senate and House would be required to resolve their differences.

Even if the legislation fails, Genting is still working to use the slots permit from Gulfstream to build a casino in downtown Miami. Genting has sued Miami-Dade County in an attempt to clarify their legal right to build the casino, and the next hearing in that case is scheduled for August 2017.

 

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Anonymous

Nothing against development at that site, but we don’t need to open the floodgates to casinos. Big mistake and will change the character of our City for the worse IMO.

Anonymous

“Nothing against development at that site, but we don’t need to open the floodgates to casinos. Big mistake and will change the character of our City for the worse IMO.”

Hey sport, I hate to break it to ya, but Miami isn’t exactly looked at as Disney World South Florida.

Anonymous

So why should it become one?

Anonymous

I don’t see your point. Every major city in the world has casinos and it hasn’t changed anything. Moreover, it has enhanced. i.e. Monaco, Punta del Este, Macau and the list goes on and on.
Besides, we already have them here why not tap on the return?

Anonymous

This is America buddy. Give me some American cities besides Las Vegas where casinos have thrived. Oh, Atlantic City? Detroit? Get out of here with that nonsense.

Otis Sistrunk

You want examples of where they are thriving….How bout SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, 24/7 with table games and slots and live entertainment, 1.2 Million SF and has generated over 1BILLION $ in gaming tax to the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of PA since 2011. Also, Boston is now building a Steve Wynn Resort Casino under construction slated to open in 2019. Suffolk Construction is the GC. It is close to the Airport and is 5 minutes from the financial district/Downtown Boston. The resort will cost $1.6 Billion, is on 33 acres, with a 5-Star hotel with 629 rooms overlooking the Boston Skyline.

Last I checked, Philadelphia and Boston are major American Cities.

marc

The one in Philadelphia is 2.5 miles from City Center not in its downtown or cultural center. The one in Boston also not in its downtown it would be the equivalent of placing the resort hotel at or near MIA again not downtown.

Anonymous

And for your information, the majority of tourism dollars spent in Vegas does not go to gambling. There’s enough diversity, culture, Art, shopping, dining, hotels, etc that have benefited

suomynona

LOL

Casinos didn’t cause Detroit’s downturn. Don’t be a fool.

alpina

are those major cities?

marc

Name me any American city with a Las Vegas resort casino type development in its downtown district. The small casinos we do have are not in downtown. The only thing comparable are the Seminole Hard Rock and the Miccosukee which are both miles away.

Anonymous

The only folks laughing at this is Central Florida where they want to monopolize tourist dollars. Surely, they don’t want us to have casinos. They don’t want us to diversify our attraction pool

marc

Let’s diversify our city with substance and not shallowness. Lets attract entrepreneurs, college grads, tech startups to our CBD not casino resorts. Orlando can keep that image.

Anonymous

Having casinos would not interfere in the recruitment of entrepreneurs, college grads etc. I don’t get your singular focus.

suomynona

Why not do all of it?

Anonymous

Marc doesn’t get it. If those things of substance he mentioned were stampeding to call and make Miami’s CBD their home, we would’ve seen them beating down doors to get in by now.

Let’s face it, Miami’s CBD suffers from not enough affordable dwellings for college grads or a one income person, scores of empty weed covered lots, limited diversity, lack of interaction with commercialism and it’s transit system i.e. MetroMover, desertion at sundown, vagrants and homelessness, and whole host of other problems too numerous to mention.

But he thinks a casino is going to take away something or ruin the CBD?

Please…get real.

Anonymous

Seems like a different target demographic, and I don’t think Central Florida cares all too much after breaking world tourism records.

suomynona

Cleveland and Cincinnati have casinos in their downtowns.

Anonymous

I hope this monstrosity never gets built, casinos or not.

Anonymous

Amen.

Anonymous

“Genting has sued Miami-Dade County in an attempt to clarify their legal right to build the casino, and the next hearing in that case is scheduled for August 2017.”

What part of state law do these clowns not understand?

Oscar

Casinos are not good for the economy. Repeat. Casinos are not good for the economy. Repeat…

Oscar

*Casino resorts…

Anonymous

Really?

Anonymous

Eating pizza is not good for your waistline or heart but nobody can tell you what to eat if you wanna chow down on a large Meat Lovers from Dominoes now can they?

You don’t know if a casino is bad for Miami’s economy just like I don’t know if a large pepperoni pizza is bad for YOUR health.

Anonymous

Regardless of gambling, Which I enjoy personally, sports books at least, Name me one decent “world class city” with gambling in the united states? There really are not any. Yes Las Vegas can be fun, but it is hardly world class. These are the most profitable cities with gambling let me know which one really makes your toes tingle:
1. Las vegas, 2. Atlantic City 3. New Orleans 4. Reno 5. Foxwoods Connecticut 6. Biloxi 7. Palm Springs 8. Fort Lauderdale 9. Gary Indiana 10. Detroit. Other than Las vegas and Fort Lauderdale, the majority of those areas are economically depressed and are using gambling out of desperation. economically gambling is a losing proposition, furthermore the casino business model is to trap these people inside the building and fleece them of every last dime they have. those people rarely travel outside the casino and therefore rarely spend money elsewhere. I just think it is a losing proposition.

Anonymous

honestly, Miami would do better and make more money legalizing weed than gambling.

Anonymous

Not to mention casinos bring the wrong element to the area. Build this and you might as well build the Clevelander across the street.

Anonymous

Please, Miami Beach has been carrying water for Miami since probably before you were born. Mainland Miami is trying to create it’s own identity.

And please don’t talk as if the so-called “wrong element” doesn’t already exist in that area where they want to build this casino resort. You should read some of the comments people make about not wanting to be caught dead around the area where Paramount is being built and the AA.

Anonymous

People seem to have a short memory. Miami Dade citizens have historically voted down gambling again and again. It seems that somebody wants to shove it down their throats nonetheless …pathetic!

Polo

People are afraid of change even if it is for the better. Genting’s Resorts World Miami won’t diminish Miami’s standing as a business center. Singapore is building (or built) a huge casino hotel complex and is one of the most respected business centers in Asia.

Anonymous

Yes but you failed to explain how casinos have had bad impacts on American cities. Atlantic City ring a bell?

Polo

You cannot compare Atlantic City to Miami, is like apples and oranges. Genting is a class act, unlike the ship casinos of Atlantic City.

Anonymous

You’re funny. Atlantic City NJ was already a dump before casinos appeared.

Anonymous

Can they just built this project without casinos? It would save so much time.

Anonymous

I know.. Construction would have begun by now

¯\\_(ツ)_/¯

Sure they could, but its not nearly as lucrative as having a gambling resort.

Edin

So,by your opinion, GENTING should invest 3 billion dollars just to make Miami look pretty.
To build this kind of resort without casino,is like building
Miami central station without Brightline,or building Sky rise without observation desk,or food without salt.We have Casinos in South Florida everywhere. If you don’t like them ,don’t go there.
I don’t like opera so I never been to Miami Ziggfrid and Dolores Opera house.Miami,to be world class city needs diversity, museums, opera houses,sport stadiums,first class parks and recreation areas,new schools and hospitals,mass tranzit,and of course,for millions of tourists,visitors, beside beautiful beaches, we need to offer first class hotels and resorts,including Casinos.Lets have GENTING build it,let’s wake up sleepy and empty Miami downtown ,let’s make Miami Hong Kong or Dubai of America.

Anonymous

I hear ya Edin. There are a lot of people in Miami who don’t like South Beach, and you know what?…they don’t go!

Anonymous

Sleepy and empty Miami downtown? Do you ever go downtown?

Edin

I live in downtown,it is empty for the most part of the day.Homeless people everywhere.No real city feeling like in New York,London,Paris or any European big city.We need to develop Biscayne blvd.ASAP.
I can’t take these empty parking lots acros from AAA any more.Our Bayside market is totaly outdated.Brickell is amazing,but it feels like somehow “behind”,invisible coming from MB.So we need more life in downtown,more people,more action.Building a resort like GENTING,would bring more tourists, visitors,to downtown,more revenues,more jobs,more taxes.GENTING could help building elevated metromover to Miami Beach,to move people around easy.So that’s why I’m all in for this Resort,let’s hope it will get approved.

Anonymous

you are absolutely correct….people need to stop this gloom and doom forcast if genting builds….fact is only ten percent of resort is devoted to casino…the rest is FAMILYoriented component…just research gentings other propeties and see for yourselves…

Miami2

I’ve seen a lot more homeless people in west coast cities like Seattle and LA…downtown Miami just needs more entrepreneurs and businesses to bring people out. Not sure what a casino would really add to that….

Marc305

Edin, when you are right you are right. I don’t agree with most of the things you post but this time you hit the nail right in the head. I have never gambled, nor would I ever in the future but I am all for building this casino. I enjoy Hardrock and I will enjoy Genting.

Anonymous

It’s “build this project” not built.

Anonymous

We don’t need the gambling!

Anonymous

“We don’t?”

Sorry, but I don’t remember appointing you to speak for me.

Anonymous

“You” don’t matter to the majority of the voters of Miami-Dade county you fool.

Will help the economy for sure but not sure how will it effective the social life, and crime rates.

Casino’s would increase tourism and provide many jobs. Florida is the only true location for destination gaming, you certainly can’t compare Florida to New Jersey or Nevada. There is so much to do here than just gamble everybody wins from sport fishing to retail, Cuba will cut our tourism in half if we don’t get there first. The entire country of Bahamas lives off US Gaming dollars we need to do this, it will raise property values by 10% in South Florida.

Anonymous

I am always sceptical when someone says “this is great for jobs” and would never in 100 years work at those jobs. If those jobs are so great why don’t you work in them?

Miami2

agreed…I don’t buy the jobs and property value argument either. First of all, we already have more hospitality jobs than we can fill between the beaches and downtown. Most of these are not high-paying. Second, families do not want to live near casinos and we’ve already overbuilt on the condo front. Miami needs to attract real industry, not more shitty entertainment for tourists.

Anonymous

“Miami needs to attract real industry, not more shitty entertainment for tourists.”

You people are not paying attention are you? If people wanted to put “real industries” here, they would’ve been in Miami by now.

You people want, wish, and desire all these high paying industries in Miami but after all these years you’re still just hoping and praying for them. And the reason you don’t see them in Miami yet is because Miami is still viewed as a Third World Country. The intelligence level in Miami is very low for the kinds of industry you and others desire and that’s why you don’t have them.

And that’s just the truth. Might as well build this resort Casino…it definitely can’t hurt anything as far as Miami is concerned.

Anonymous

Approve it ….. so this project can go on .