FL Supreme Court Says Legislature Can Ok Slots

The Florida Supreme Court says that slot machines can be allowed anywhere in the state.

The high court on Friday let stand a lower court ruling that not only ends a battle over whether slots can be added to a Hialeah race track, but could rekindle a push to add slot machines in other parts of the state.

The court issued a one-page ruling saying it was dismissing the case. Five of the seven justices supported the order.

A three-judge panel of the 1ST District Court of Appeal last year upheld a 2009 law that allowed slots at a South Florida track although the track had been excluded from a 2004 state constitutional amendment permitting slots at other pari-mutuel facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.


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  • by beach guy on Apr 29, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    Im all for them, but never happen here in PCB, now Ebro maybe thats a possibility.It would kill all out local beach busnesses (GOOD THING), can you imagine the shock of people like Jack Bishop who already wanted to cut waiters/waitresses wages, and him now having to compete with paying his people casino wages. The good ole boys here in Bay county will never let it happen, just for the labor costs associated with it. And lets face it, with casinos, will come new nice restaurants and such off the beach, and front beach road will continue to get slummier looking.
  • by jeff Location: marianna on Apr 28, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    it is only is fair now how long will it take the legislatures to ok it .
  • by ezwages Location: washington county on Apr 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    Florida has had legal gambling for years...it's called the lottery; and the odds are worse than slot machines. I don't gamble but I am for the local revenue--we are a tourist economy anyway. Bring it on.
  • by Susan Location: Panama City Beach on Apr 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    PCB should already be contacting Steve Wynn or other very wise profitable operator - Bring'em On ASAP, be making the $'s.
  • by tedred Location: pc on Apr 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    There are plenty of empty bingo halls on the eastside that could be turned into slot palaces. Doing that would bring jobs to Parker, Callaway, Springfield, not just PCB.
  • by Mike Location: pc on Apr 27, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    Panama City Beach needs to immediatley contact Sands Corporation about building two beach casinos. We need the jobs, new tax revenue and the year round tourism it will bring. Club La Vela Location and maybe one under the Hathaway Bridge in that god awful mostly vacant mall lot.
  • by Mary Hatcher Location: Panama City, Fl. on Apr 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Why would they keep blocking slot machines, even casinos,where in my opinion it would keep revenue in Bay Co. instead of people going to Mississippi and other places. Bring it on ... lol.
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