Miami Beach mayor and business owners opposed gambling in Florida.
MIAMI BEACH (FLA.) – Miami Beach’s mayor and other business owners stated that they don’t want gambling in Florida. As Tallahassee legislators reconvene to discuss the agreement between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe, a special session will be held.
Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe reached a tentative agreement that would allow gambling on Seminole land and sports betting Casino Miami. However, Tallahassee legislators must ratify the 30-year deal.
Some, such as the Mayor of Miami Beach Dan Gelber, have resisted the state’s position, claiming that the 2018 election was the final decision.
“The residents of Florida stated loudly and clearly to the Florida legislature that they don’t want gambling in their backyard. We don’t want it on our phones. Gelber noted that they want to have a voice.
On Monday, other business owners joined the mayor as state legislators discussed whether to allow sports betting and expand gambling.
Armando Codina of Codina Partners stated that “This isn’t a partisan matter.” “This isn’t a Republican issue or Democrat issue. This is a matter about my grandchildren.
Critics claimed that this brokered deal would violate Amendment 3 Florida Constitution. The voters have the final say in the expansion of casino gambling.
Gelber stated that “we don’t believe the Florida legislature should expand gambling in a manner that is inconsistent with Florida Constitution.”
Officials claimed that the compact would generate $2.5 billion in the first five years and thousands of new jobs.
Marcellus Osceola Jr., Seminole Tribe of Florida, said, “The money we generate from casinos is life-changing from an educational and a healthcare standpoint.”
However, the Seminoles would not be permitted to offer sports betting in their South Florida casinos until October. They will also introduce craps or roulette at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. This deal would allow the tribe to expand its Hollywood reservation by adding three more facilities.
Chip LaMarca, State Representative for Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach, said that there wouldn’t be any new casinos. “You won’t see that. This would have to be passed to the voters.
It appears that there is disagreement over the details. Already, amendments have been made by legislators to the deal. More are expected to be made in the coming days.
“Since when does the vote of the voters not count?” They don’t matter since when? They matter, and we voted “no,” stated Joe’s Stone Crab owner Steve Sawitz. “I, as a restaurant and business owner and as a Miami Beach resident, do not want it here.”
2015 was the expiration of the original compact between Seminole tribes and the state. Many attempts were made to pass a new agreement, but they failed.
It is not clear if the Florida legislature has enough votes to approve the compact.
Representatives from various entities opposing gambling, including Braman Motors of Miami, stated that they would take this case to the courts if the agreement were signed into law.