The Genting Corporation already bought land from a mega casino in Miami. Las Vegas Sands wants to be part of what could be a gambling resort on Miami Beach. Sands has already hired seven lobbyists. One of them is Nick Larossi.
"We're not looking to turn Miami, or south Florida or Florida in general into Las Vegas. What we are interested in doing is bringing the integrated resort model to drive that tourism economy," said Nick Larossi of Las Vegas Sands.
Add to the mix that the Seminole Compact allowing slots and card games on seven reservations is up in 2015. Most dog and horse tracks wants slots of their own as well.
On the other side, No Casino’s Inc distributed a 36 page report. It offers dozens of reasons of why casinos are bad. Among them, slots nationwide have grown by a factor of five over 40 decades. In Atlantic City the number of restaurants have dropped by almost half since gambling began there.
The Florida Chamber helped kill a gambling expansion in 2012.
“Gambling just isn't consistent with Florida's international brand. We are known far and wide as a family friendly destination," said David Hart.
2014 is an election year, and Governor Rick Scott has so far sidestepped the issue, saying only that he doesn't want the state to rely on gambling to fund its budget.
Gambling cash is already fueling re-election campaigns. A 400 thousand dollar study commissioned by the state is Due October first.