Miami considering Legal Casinos
New Florida governor Rick Scott and the rest of the state’s government are currently discussing a plan to allow casinos in Miami. The casinos being discussed would not only offer games such as poker, blackjack and slots, but also have retail malls, entertainment and convention areas.
Of course, there is still a long way to go in this process since Scott is just now coming around to the idea of casinos; in his campaign, he repeatedly rejected the idea of casinos in Miami and other Florida cities. Scott told the Miami Herald, “As you know, I’ve said in the campaign that I don’t want our revenue dollars to be tied to gaming. We’ve already approved gaming in the state, so we’ll look at it going forward.”
Many believe that Scott is searching for a way to fix the downswing in Miami’s economy and create more jobs. He recently met with Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson to discuss the possibilities of legalized casino gambling in Miami. Adelson, who has casinos in Singapore, Macau and Las Vegas, has reportedly said that he’s willing to invest as much as $3 billion into a Miami casino.
In addition to Miami, Scott has also considered other areas such as Tampa for legalized casinos. Currently, the only Florida casinos are on Seminole Indian lands such as the Hard Rock Casino Resort in Hollywood, Florida. But that could all change if Scott gets serious about reversing the ban on casinos throughout the rest of Florida.
Despite the fact that this move could create a minimum of 5,000 new jobs and bring in up to $1 billion in tax revenue a year, many of Florida’s top tourist destinations are opposed to legal gambling. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and the Seminole Indians are just a few of the groups that are staunchly opposed to any more casinos in Florida.