Casinos, pot, and fun will save Miami's economy

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke — who is a candidate for Miami-Dade mayor — lays out his vision for kick-starting the local economy.

It's time for Miami to play to its greatest strengths: beautiful people, beautiful beaches, and beautiful weather. What do we need to do?

• Open casinos in Miami Beach hotels. Hey, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is among the top-grossing gambling joints in the United States. So why not put more card games and slot machines in places that entertain our tourists?

• Allow medical marijuana dispensaries. We're missing out on a major growth industry. In March, Los Angeles voters approved a tax on pot distributors that is expected to generate $10 million a year to help pay for police, libraries, and street repairs.

• Create a water theme park near Miami Marine Stadium. Universal Studios or Disney could help. And Virginia Key, which was once the only place black people were allowed to swim, could be forever memorialized.

• Build movie studios. The Borscht Film Festival's success shows we have what it takes to compete with Atlanta to become the Hollywood of the South.

• Make Calle Ocho, Goombay, and other big ethnic festivals weeklong celebrations.

• Bring in the NBA All-Star Game, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and traditional black college rivalry games.

Each one plays off having fun under the sun. Miami-Dade's unemployment rate dropped to 12 percent this past March because tourism is picking up.

We're already known as the city that created Miami Vice, so we might as well live up to the name. Gambling is a natural here. It's already bringing thousands of people to the old Flagler Dog Track, Gulfstream Park, and Calder. Back in the '20s, Miami was the American gambling mecca.

In fact, between the casinos, the theme park, the movie studios, and the dispensaries, we can create at least 20,000 jobs and $20 million in new tax revenue. Considering the hole that Carlos Alvarez and his friends dug for us, this is critical if we beautiful people plan to keep using our beautiful beaches and enjoying our beautiful weather.

 
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Sell out
Sell out

Luke,You sold out.Robaina?

Beprang
Beprang

We need a grassroots movement in Florida to lead the country into the future. Money controls everything in our society and currently we are high on debt and low on cash, especially in south Florida where pushing everything to the max is a lifestyle. Whatever means necessary to generate more cash in our tourism dominated service region is vital to our survival and prosperity. All of the ideas mentioned have tremendous potential, did forget about solar resources here and a better train system creation would get some jobs rolling. Let's please lead the nation in some positive aspect or another and unleash a comeback already!

Patrick J Jacobs
Patrick J Jacobs

Ok.. First of all. Mfee2079. You are a joke. Do your research before you open your ignorant mouth. Its because of people like you that this country is known for being stupid. Marijuana has a number of medicinal uses. And I sure as hell will be voting as well as promoting Luke for he has the right idea. Do you people not know what is truley going on in the govt right now? WE HAVE NO MONEY! Its that simple. We went to the middle east to cut off the Cerian Pipe Line so we could take their oil to come up w revenue. Now we go to Lybia to try to take their Lithium wich is used for nuclear energy. We dont even have the money to withdraw all of our resorces that we put in the middle east. In the meantime China holds a huge debt over our heads and laughs as we continue to sacrafice our soldiers in order to pay them their money. It is time that America starts thinking about restructuring our economy. What can we produce that other countries will want/need? Back to the basics guys. Its time to get rid of ignorance across the United States.. We cant afford it!

Carlos
Carlos

Luke, brother man, hint #1... Change the picture above. Those soup coolers need to be put in check dude!!

mimi
mimi

@mfee7029 man you need to smoke a little pot to relax dont talk about something you know nothing about obviously. I think Luke has ther right idea. Luke is from Miami he knows how people are here and he is absolutely correct I vote for that and for him. .drinking alcohol is the #1cause of deaths and what about the disgusting habit of cigarrette PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jfrauto
Jfrauto

also don't forget legalize prostitution

yahoo-JGZMB3VTMJRJYG2HDG3G7H2H7M
yahoo-JGZMB3VTMJRJYG2HDG3G7H2H7M

Do you realize how much we can save by not wasting law enforcement and incarceration money on pot users? You can not overdose, and a 2007 study done at Harvard shows THC decreases the growth of non small cell carcinoma by 50%. Why is pot illegal but sky diving and motorcycle riding, as well as use of tobacco (a known killer) is legal. 70 people a day die in broward county from cigarette related causes

Mfee2079
Mfee2079

Aside from glocoma relief for SOME patients and lowering the side effects of chemo Medical pot has no medicinal value. yet every 20 something pot head jumps on this as the saving grace. Sorry but most of you will not qualify for the prescription. As for tax revenue Los Angeles has 3 times the Miami population and is only getting 10 million in tax revenue? tell me what good is 3 million going to do for the trrouble Miami has? as for crime statistics every where there is a MMD person on person crime has increased. Tell me who came up with the idea that doing drugs will solve problems? if that was the case we would have lines of millionaires instead of prisons in every county

Johnnie Campbell
Johnnie Campbell

This is dead on. MMJ Dispensaries have been, and are, revitalizing cities like Denver as well. And guess what? So far there have been almost "0" problems. Look at the crime stats folks. He's right. You who disagree are just.......not very concerned about the needs of legitimate patients, actually.

AZ
AZ

Are you serious.... Or are you under the influence and can't keep your brain cells from making the proper connections.... Who in their right mind will cast a vote after this discourse.

Angelika33
Angelika33

Is this for real???? we Republicans are racists and the liberals are inmorals!!! another way to destroy our Country. Drug=Crime=prostitution=demoralization=expendig more $$ to controlling crime=young people future destroy. How smart!!!!

Tom
Tom

No thank you. I like Virginia Key the way it is, don't want to legalize gambling in Miami and don't need any more week long festivals.

Bonez1289
Bonez1289

if ur already legalizing weed and gambling, legalize cocaine too! more coke, more money!!!!

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

If you are a smart voter, you will NOT vote for another corrupt-self-serving-do-nothing Cuban politician from Hialeah or Little Havana. The ethnic voters of Miami-Dade have already screwed things up so badly how much more worse can it get? I would rather vote for a clown than any of these Cuban politicians Miami-Dade county has to offer. I got an idea for all you "beautiful" Miamians, stay out of that hot sun some and maybe you will be able to think for yourselves for once. smh

bienvenidosamiami
bienvenidosamiami

Luke, nobody wants to vote for someone who makes sense and has ideas on how to generate revenue. How dare you spout those ideas off???? You should go run for government somewhere else. Like anywhere else in the US that is not filled with a bunch of idiot, small-minded racist Republicans.

PATRICIA720205
PATRICIA720205

LUKE CAMPBELL IS A ANOTHER POLITICAL JOKE....TRYING TO DIVIDE THE COUNTY......CALLE OCHO GOES ON FOR MORE THAN A MONTH.GOOMBAY IS ALREADY DEAD....WAKE UP LUKE!!!!!!!!!

Miami Native
Miami Native

Uncle Luke, Uncle Tom.... same thing. Why is it race is always brought into an argument irrelevant of racism? You want more crime from broke gambling addicts, go ahead. Gambling addiction is just another way to take money from the poor and helpless just PRAYING to win it big one day. You think all the broke black brothers need another way to waste their money than the lottery? New times is garbage, racist bullshit, AND IM BLACK!!

chaste nature child
chaste nature child

<1>"It's elementary my Dear Watson!!" Casinos+Alcohol=Any Casino Town anywhere in the U.S.A., BUT... Casinos+Legalized Pot? There is NO precedent anywhere in the U.S.A.! The natural progression in legislation for casino towns is to outlaw everything but alcohol and gambling. It's ONE or the OTHER! <2>AND, with Casinos...The People Become Much Uglier! PLUS The Vice of Gambling Doesn't breed Concern for the Natural Beauty of the Beaches or Nature , Then, Southern Florida's Beauty WILL Fall by the Way-Side.........

Carlos
Carlos

This forum has become a joke. When this rag gives equal unbiased time to other candidates I will take it seriously. Until then, please dont bother to print any more garbage. You people at the New Times are all full of shit.

Ms_leace
Ms_leace

No, Luke. Although I like you, I have to disagree with your idea. Yes, it will generate money for the cities and state of florida; however, it would lead those that live here down the road to tragedy. I beg you, don't do it. Find alternative solutions. Keep the everyday people in mind.

alljdm
alljdm

Finally someone running for mayor that makes sense.. It's about time that someone opened there mouth in favor of the new options we have to create jobs and revenue. And look around for rational choices. Medicla MJ is a great idea, just like in california.. Lets take these profits away from the criminals and put money into the hands of the law abiding citizens and tax it to increase the revenues of the county. Come on people we are Miami the "305" we know how to make it work. The Casino Idea is good aswell we are a tourist city and thats what we need to attract. It's time to take politics out of the hands of these corrupt and closed minded politicians.. Uncle Luke il be voting for you Just keep Your Promises

Dgonzalez
Dgonzalez

Uncle Luke is the man! He will take a different approach to running a city that has long been curropted by people who portray themselves to be upstanding citizens. Luther dosn't need the money so chances of being bribed are slim and he is something completely different to the scum that has plagued our city for so long... Bring the casinos, pot and let the good times roll. Don't be a prude!!!!!

Lukeisanidiot
Lukeisanidiot

I think this will be the first time black people in over town will ever vote !

Patricia
Patricia

Excellent ideas....just remember a portion of the dollars you raise though these efforts will be needed to control these efforts with increased police funding. And speaking of police, if elected, please be sure to MANDATE that all police officers have a bachelor's degree in a related field before entering them into the academy.

Mauricio
Mauricio

www.pufmm.org support FLORIDA!!! lets get out of debt create revenue jobs!!! support for 2012 ballot..

lc
lc

Luke for Mayor!

al
al

HEY B RAY i don't see you coming up with any good ideas, the mans got some good ideas ah hell hes a genius. besides, whats your claim to fame free the herb mon

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

That has be the most idiotic suggestion I have heard all month.Congratulations Luther, you've finally come in first place at something.

Fred123
Fred123

Sad thing is that he is serious. If we can't provide a quality US city, then let's give up. Legalize drugs, child porn, prostitution, sodomy, and gambling. Then, when only the scum of the earth come around .... we can rethink.

Dyonisus78
Dyonisus78

could you please post a link where you obtained the info of person on person crime increasing wherever there is a dispensary? I would love to be able to have some hard data on that. Thank you...

KNOWLEDGE
KNOWLEDGE

Some of you people need to realize that Dade County is broke and in order to come away form that we need changes. You sit here and complain about what this man is trying to do to bring revenue here to our county, what are you doing to help beside try to down grade every thing this man is trying to do to get us back afloat. You complain about the youth and crime right did you ever think about how the school system on the verge of firing good hard working teachers some of these things can help the school system with funding. Some of you need to get your head out your a$$ and wake up we are a falling county and for us not to see it well then we all must be blind. (WAKE UP PEOPLE WE DO NEED CHANGE).

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

You retirees really need to stay in Naples.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

In your dreams you coke head. You are the type of person I would not want to associate with. Luke's ideas may sound crazy but they sound better than what the Hialeah and Little Havana politicians have to offer: corruption and self-servitude.

robert
robert

carlos........congratulations.......YOU HAVE.......Governor Scott.....the Republican Party fighting amoung themselfs.....the T Party wackos dont know which way is up .....and in conclusion you have ......... Palin Trump Ron Paul Gingrich Bachman etc etc ...all fringing lunatics.....so you stay where you belong .....

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey, someone on here has the noodle working.

Lukeisanidiot
Lukeisanidiot

Hey nice sn great mind think alike I guess lol

BR Sumbich
BR Sumbich

Hey dipstick, perhaps that's why I am not running for office. I never claimed to have the solution, but if I put at least 3 brain cells on the job, I think I could come up with something better than gambling, and drug abuse. Looking at the sad state of affairs for the general population of nearly every American Indian tribe, only an idiot would make such suggestions.

Dj_lechter
Dj_lechter

I will take your obvious grasp of spelling and grammar into consideration when weighing the value of your input.

steviekicks
steviekicks

That's a disgusting way to approach something you disagree with. You should back it up with something substantial. I think you should give up and leave others to clean up the mess you most likely have for yourself.

Carlos
Carlos

I agree 100%. How can this moron Bonez compare weed with flake. I am Cuban born and I would never vote for any of the corrupt Latinos running in this election. We the tax payers been betrayed, lied to and stolen from for way too long by these self serving sons of bitches. I am ready for a change. If Luke screws up, we can always have another recall.

Carlos
Carlos

WTF are you rambling about douchebag? Make sense or go back to your home brew.

Carlos
Carlos

Sad state of affairs? Every tribe member rakes in an avg of 50-60 K tax free per year from the casinos

Xsv888
Xsv888

I will take your attempt at sounding intelligent through the use of vocabulary and grammar as a futile attempt to show that you aren't in fact , a very base life-form

David McCarthy Moyer
David McCarthy Moyer

You have a valid point. If they have grammar mistakes their argument ceases to make sense.

Carlos
Carlos

According to your stats 65.8 % dont live in poverty. I have dealt with the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians for decades and I can assure you my stats are correct. What stats and info they feed the US Government is all bullshit. Nobody but nobody in our Gov has any idea of what goes on in these reservations. So take your stats and go fly a kite.

BR Sumbich
BR Sumbich

Better check your stats.in 2008, 34.2% of American Indians have income levels sub poverty. Its even worse now. The typical Indian reservation is a slum. The hierarchy of the tribe is riddled with corruption. Some make big money, while MOST live in the crapper.

While this may not bother someone like you, it is not exactly the way I would want to raise my kids.

Dj_lechter
Dj_lechter

It does make one question the validity of their argument. Seeing someone who communicates like a retarded child makes one wonder about the amount of forethought that can be attributed to their opinion. "free the herb mon"? Let's not kid ourselves. The person who posted this drivel is an idiot who shows no evidence in their statement of education or adult reasoning. That is exactly who Uncle Luke wants to vote.

 
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