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Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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, Campbell explains why the Genting Group, the Malaysian gambling company that bought the Miami Herald and Omni properties, won't save the city.
The Genting Group plans to redevelop the Miami Herald's waterfront home into a megacasino with hotels, condos, restaurants, and shops. Sure, there's a lot of potential to generate much-needed revenue for the City of Miami. But the type of resort that Genting executives are promoting will suck the life out of everything else in the Magic City and Miami Beach. And I don't buy into the promises that Genting will create 30,000 permanent well-paying jobs for Miami residents.
In order for the project to be successful, Genting must make sure no customer ever leaves the site. Chief Executive KT Lim won't want his hotel guests and high rollers taking their rental cars over the MacArthur Causeway to enjoy fine dining at Joe's Stone Crab or Prime One Twelve. And the party will no longer be centered at LIV or Mansion. He will make sure he has bigger and better versions of those entrenched Miami establishments to keep his customers from even thinking about venturing elsewhere.
1 Herald Plaza
Miami, FL 33137
Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District
Genting will spare no expense to bring in top shows and entertainers. So you can forget about catching Cirque du Soleil at the Arsht Center. Those high-flying performers will have a regular gig inside Genting's casino palace just as they do in Las Vegas and Macao. Genting even has plans for a convention center double the size of the one in Miami Beach.
Miamians will get hired to sweep the floors, change the sheets, and serve the food. We don't have a workforce experienced in manning gambling tables and managing the casino floor. Genting has to bring those people in from places that have a gambling industry, like Vegas, the Bahamas, or Singapore, where the company already has major casino resorts.
Yet it looks like there is no stopping Genting. Watch politicians such as Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez as well as our state senators and representatives during the next few months. They will be lining up to support the World Resorts Miami boondoggle because Genting and its associates will raise bundles of campaign cash. The company basically has to do this to win Tallahassee's approval for a gaming license. Heck, the company is rumored to have taken a few state legislators on a tour of its Singapore site to grease them up.
If I were mayor, I'd tell Genting thanks but no thanks.
I'm sure that this casino will offer jobs to a lot of people living in the vicinity who would otherwise be on welfare and collecting food stamps. They did away with factories and electronic companies which were operating in the Hialeah/Miami Lakes areas for ages, now we need jobs. The average Joe here doesn't care what happens to Joe Stone's Crabs or to Club Mansion, in fact we do not even know what these places are but we need jobs in order to keep our families fed. 4,000 jobs in exchange for a few restaurants, I'll take you up on that anyday.
So Miami's future should be left up to Luther Campbell the 2 Live Crew dude who once threatened University of Miami unless they made a certain Black guy Quarterback, I think his name was Ryan Collins ? He's upset because business will be taken away from the Mansion ?He claims that if he were mayor he would tell Genting no thanks ? This is a joke right ?
Are you serious? Tourists come to Miami for the beaches, the weather, the nightlife and last for the attractions. I hope casinos come our way, it will bring another kind of market to Miami. The hotel in downtown will increase their occupancy while displacing some of the business to Miami Beach and some hopefully to Ft.Lauderdale(they need it). So while the casino managers jobs might go to transplants from other cities, the hotels will be growing their business not only for sweepers but for management and everyone in Miami benefits. Half the places that he mentions are packed and overpriced places that regular Miami folk don't frequent to often, having more of a choice of places might actually let us locals enjoy what only tourist or the snowbirds enjoy.Also we are already the most violent city in the US, I don't think gambling will make that much worse.
Why aren't any of businesses in Miami revolting about this plan? By this going in place it would suck the life of everything. Plus is this really what we want to bring to Miami, gamblers? Don't we have enough stuff to worry about to bring all the negative effects of gambling?
If having Casinos in South Florida, but mostly in Miami, depends on give a Big Piece of the Cake to those lazy old men and women in Tallahassee that for years have been doing everything in the their power to block all good ideas to create jobs and give more beauty and value to our cities. Forget it. No way José! People most realize that Floridians, mostly from Okeechobee Lake north never supports Miami for anything. Even on the sports they always support teams from other states when they are facing Miami teams. So now they want to get something from those that they not even support. Come on! Give me a break! But I have an idea. I propose to create a New State (Number 51) composed from all THOSE counties to the north of Hillsborough County, Polk County, Orange County and Brevard County, which must be named TALLAHASSEE STATE. SO WE IN THE SOUTH STAY AS FLORIDA, totally separated from those DREAM STEALERS.
The Genting resort is going to link the performing arts center an the entire downtown Miami waterfront with a connected baywalk. There is no way this could happen without the casino taking over the Herald site. It will be tragic if the politicians screw this up for all of us who live and need to work in Miami.
Don't worry Miami-ans, Casinos will not come to Miami. Tallahassee insist in getting a lump of the profits,between Genting,Miami and Tallahassee asking for a piece of the action there isn't enough profits to go around,only if Tallahassee drop their demands will there be any casino or casinos.We trust the politicians up north to keep their part of this laws that exist today. Furthermore we trust you not to change this laws.We South Floridians know you are above any corruption for monetary gains.Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
It is people like the writer who will ensure that investors shun America. Even American companies are going overseas with attitudes like these. Genting is not a behemoth that will suck the life out of Miami. Wherever Genting sets up shop, it has always been eco-friendly and adds tons of jobs to the place. It had used its profits to fund and support local arts, culture and heritage. It funds security in such a way that down and out crime areas become safer. Their resorts are very family-friendly. So far they haven't killed any local businesses in places they have set up shop. Why is the writer so adamant that Miami remain a crime-prone under-developed boondock?
The rich history of The Miami Herald, where will it go?! This is so sad. There is a deep dock big enough in back for large ships to port into. Wonder if Genting realized that too. Will there No longer be a newspaper in Miami? Sad day.
This is not a good idea. Let them go to another area.
I feel Las Vegas is very family oriented now, and do not believe all are will only do manual labor or be prostitutes! They will need professionals to help in the offices, etc. But as one prior wrote qualifications must be met. Say good accountants, great chefs.
Thank you,Food for thought.
This article has been here for over a week and only around 10 comments are published. It means Miami wants to GAMBLE.
Article has a valid point. In America, Asian company owns YOU! Welcome to the future. They got the cash, and we don't. Money talks, that's the new american way.
Miami has been in trouble ever since Spanish became the primary language of Dade County. The Miami Beach of of the 50's and 60's is gone. I no longer feel like Miami is my home.
Spanish is not the primary language on Dade County?. Being able to speak twoo languages is call BETTER CULTURE.
GOD WILL JUDGE US ALSO.
AS A CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN CUBAN DESCENDENT, IF WE ALLOW THIS IN MIAMI OUR CHILDREN WILL BECOME PROSTITUTES OF THIS COMMUNIST OWNED HOTEL EMPIRE, YES THE FOUNDER OF THIS GROUP OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA IS A COMMUNIST. THIS WILL ENSLAVE OUR CHILDREN INTO THE ONLY JOBS THEY WILL EVER SEE. PROSTITUTION, POVERTY, CLEANING FLOORS, MAKING BEDS ETC AS ALL THE HIGH POSITIONS WILL BE IMPORTED. MIAMI'S BEAUTY IS BEACHES, THE LIFE STYLE NOT THE MASS TRANSPORTATION, BUILDINGS. IN MIAMI OUR PERSEVERANCE, INTELLECT AND EDUCATION HAVE MADE MIAMI OUR HOME AND IF WE ALLOW THIS WE WELCOME THE CONTRACT OF WHICH CONSTITUTES AN INCREASE IN CRIME, POVERTY AND MOST OF ALL CONTINUED TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE., POLITICAL CORRUPTION AT ITS FINEST.BLESS YOU ALL AND DO NOT MAKE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR BEAUTIFUL MIAMI THE TRASH THAT VEGAS HAS BECOME.
Miami is already in trouble and it got here long before Genting. In fact I'm more concerned about how this will effect the Indians gaming. The competition has to be comparable to Vegas & Atlantic City in terms of freebies to lure gamblers in. I believe the lottery people now have a genuine concern too. Who knows though, maybe all those that feign poverty will not show up with enough to make everything successful ? LOL, even the Marlins in their new stadium ?
Just me, but I think Uncle Luke has forgotten how the gambling industry does this in Vegas & Atlantic City. They'll feed you, maybe even give you a bed to sleep in, Just as long as you lose your money at the tables every night ?
Oh yeah, Miamians will sweeo the floors, do laundry & clean, that's unless they are competitive for the better jobs. that's how it usually works, no entitlements.
There goes the damn Neighborhood, now we're going to have 1,000,000 chinos all over Miami. We have enough beach bums, we have enough bad habits to destroy an army and enough culture to melt pot. We don't need it, these big compaines will destroy Miami's nightlife, God knows there's enough traffic already as well. Notice how all the positive comments are very generic, thats all corporate b/s. Hopefully Miami's corruption steps up to the plate and keeps what they've been able to hold onto, no need to share the city with it's new newspaper too! Fuk you AL, Fred, and Bill, I'm sure you're typing from the other side of the world, everyone knows the majority of money from foreign resorts goes back to the country it came from. The Bahamas gets very little money from Club Med ....duhhh
I am for it, thats the beauty about capitalism and entrepreneurship.If your product is better than theirs there is no reason to fear, but if you are less competitive you are bound to share the same faith Pan am, Chalks and other business that disappeared.Welcome to "the new and improved" Miami.
Well said Fred. People will not want to be isolated in a Casino - especially not in a city with as many beautiful beaches as Miami. The Genting Group has a long history of investing and working with business communities. While this may be a Destination resort, it will be destination Miamia
Getting casinos would be great for our economy. It creates jobs, tourism and helps out other buisnesses in the area. I have never gone to Vegas and just stayed at the resort. We explore the town. Everybody wins. Why should the Indians get all the revenue. Maybe a little competition would be good. I think their slot payouts are very low. When people come down here they usually try and hit all the touristy and local favorites. Orlando would benefit. It's a win, win for us. As far as getting dealers from other places we would have dealer schools open up here to train locals to be dealers. Right now any jobs are a blessing.
My guess is Luther voted for Brilliant Barry. Let's see, don't create thousands of jobs in Miami by building casinos. Don't let AT&T buy T-Mobile and move thousands of jobs from Germany to the USA. Don't sell new jets to Taiwan and create thousands of manufacturing jobs. Get a clue Luther, casino-centric folks don't go to South Beach, Ocean Drive or the Zoo, new casinos will bring thousands of jobs to Miami. On the other hand if we want to keep tens of thousands of south Floridians on the dole, do what Barry and Luther tell you to.
Miami-ans will not be the full core customer base of the casino, remember we are a hub for tourist. Yes they will go there, but they will still visit south beach and other locations. Example I have been to Vegas over the past 20 years and every time I have taken a new visitor with me we make the trip to Hoover Dam and in many occasions we head out to the Rockies .. So don't be afraid of the big black wolf ..
We have been down this road before and have not accomplished anything,if we want casinos here we must give Tallahassee revenue shares which we are not going to do. Its just something for the media to catch our attention by creating a controversy.
WoW, Good Job Luke, let me quote you here,
" Miamians will get hired to sweep the floors, change the sheets, and serve the food. We don't have a workforce experienced in manning gambling tables and managing the casino floor. Genting has to bring those people in from places that have a gambling industry, like Vegas, the Bahamas, or Singapore, where the company already has major casino resorts."
There are much more jobs than that to run a casino Luke, you speak out of ignorance. Running a casino is a mini city. you have facilities, cashiers, attendants, techs, security, Finance, people who run hotel operations, surveillance, and also dealers and people who currently work for the Seminoles who would love to work there. I think you should research it more before you make it public, and put your foot in your mouth.
LISTEN to LUKE ...
Once again LUKE demonstrates his special intellect proving that a 50 IQ on drugs really does know the best path for MIAMI ... he should have been MAYOR !
Allowing Genting into MIAMI will ruin the place ... we can't have any employer create 10,000 or 20,000 or 30,000 PERMANENT JOBS in MIAMI !! ...
LUKE says NO WAY to Genting creating tens of thousands more TEMPORARY JOBS during the 5 years of construction ...
What will happen to that special ambience... that is Liberty City ... you can't have jobs available out there ... people got to collect that free OBAMA money ... forget about working ...
PERMANENT JOBS are NOT for LUKE and his constituents ... forget it !!
Especially SERVICE JOBS ... forget it! ... Housekeeping, Retail, & Food Service jobs are below LUKE and his constituents ... FREE MONEY is THE MIAMI WAY !
The STATUS QUO is fine ...
REELECT OBAMA and send more FREE MONEY
Tell those employers PASS !!!!!
Calling Bullsh*t on Uncle Luke. This project will not "suck the life out of Miami" It will suck the poverty and the unemployment and the despair out of The "Magic City" Luke is either jonesing for a job with Genting or working for the Arts Center either way he's not helping our city get better. I'll take Gentings jobs over Lukes bullish*t anyway
Genting's plans will enhance the Arts Center. I'm sure the types of shows and entertainment will be more of a complement to the Center verses taking business away. The good thing with having the development of the World Resorts Miami is that the next time i go to a performance at the Arts Center, i might be able to go for dinner and drinks either before or after the show. There is NOTHING in walking distance that you can go to around the Arts Center as is. I for one am looking forward to additional entertainment in the local area.
Any casino downtown will not kill Miami Beach's tourism dollars. First of all, not everyone likes going to a casino and gamble - i don't! And frankly, the beach [SoBe] is becoming over built and over congested. The beach will always be the beach - nothing downtown does can replace that. The fact is downtown has desperately needed an infusion of cash and a good clean up for sometime, especially the Biscayne corridor. I am glad downtown is getting a destination resort. It will increase tourism and that will mean that the beach will benefit off that.
How could he possibly say that this casino would be bad for Miami. The resort will help pull us out of this recession. Check out the video and see for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
The argument that this is detrimental to Miami is one-sided. What about the jobs and tax revenue this will bring in? Look at Las Vegas, people leave the Casino they are staying at to go to other casinos whether it be for the established name brand restaurants (such as your reference to Joe's Stone Crab) or to the club of the night like Liv. This will bring Miami up a notch as a destination resort. Nothing wrong with the free markets.
The Genting Miami casino is the best thing to have ever happened to Miami. It's going to put our city on the map and help make it the best tourist destination in America. I can't wait for it to open! Luke Capbell has a condo in Vegas and is friends with Sheldon Adleson, who owns the Sands casino. I wonder if that has tainted Lukes "objective" opinion. Tell it like it is Luke.
If unemployment continues at its current rate, soon, even Luke will long for the good old days of BUSH and FULL EMPLOYMENT.
Blacks got robbed by electing this clown. You were sold a bag of lies for your vote, and look what it got ya.
MIAMI I WISH WOULD HAVE AN EARTHQUAKE AND FLOAT OR SINK BACK TO U KNOW WHERE...IT WAS ONCE PARADISE NOW ITS A SHITHOLE
nice try loser,but your wrong as usual.there will always be cruise ship tourist coming to miami and thats the real backbone of revenue for the city.they fill a huge portion of hotel rooms and that will never change,in fact cruising will get bigger in the future with deep dredge project allowing bigger ships in our port.the real fact is that besides our regular tourism buisness the city of miami will expierience a huge boost in buisness with a new type of high rolling tourist.las vegas has all the types of shows and entertainment and restauraunts that are always filled with tourist from all over the world.i think you and the rest of the hip hop crappy crowd that brings nothing but low life element in this city will eventually be drowned out of miami once and for all.,and thats what the majority of miami and beach residents really hope happens.
you morons are blinded by the promise of jobs but I bet you believed Obama's BS too. The Genting group is also tied to criminal activities and terrorist gtoups. Do the research and see...https://secure.wikimedia.org/w...
Ties to Organized CrimeAccording to a United States Senate investigation Genting chairman K.T. Lim has maintained a business relationship with Stanley Ho. Ho is an Asian casino magnate who has been identified as a member of the Chinese Triad, the Chinese crime organization, by the U.S. Justice Department and by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Ho has been denied a casino license in every jurisdiction except in Macau and North Korea. Genting has refused to address their business dealings with Ho and his company Shun Tak Holdings Ltd.
Terror group fundingGenting executives have defended millions of dollars in contributions to Islamic extremist organizations who in turn support and finance jihad to a U.S. Senate investigative committee as a required cost of doing business in Malaysia. And, The Florida Clarion reports that Genting could be one of the largest funders of Islamic terrorist activity in Asia.
Links to Korean dictator Kim Jong-ilVia his business relationship with Stanley Ho, K.T.Lim and Genting have an interest in a casino in North Korea. Controversial photographs of Mr. Lim with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il have circulated the Internet and been part of a U.S. Senate investigation according to Florida news reports.
Seneca Tribe shakedown scandalGenting made hundreds of millions of tax-exempt dollars as the financiers behind two controversial Indian Casino gaming developments in the Eastern United States. In both cases, Genting operations were directed by G. Michael Brown, a former New Jersey Attorney General who was later charged with embezzlement and cocaine use in the Seneca Tribal Court. Brown was charged with putting various mistresses on the casino payroll and using casino funds to pay for luxury condominiums, imported sports cars and expensive jewelry for them.
Genting was the financial backer of the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York. Investigators found that Genting charged the tribe a 28 percent interest rate, in violation of the Indian Gaming Regulations under the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Genting also stayed in the deal for almost 15 years when they were legally limited to five. Seneca Tribal Council members have testified that armed men showed up to collect Genting’s money when tribal lawyers pointed out that Genting was violating the law.
Your right on. you have problably seen miami come along way like myself.Genting will only magnify what has been built and hopefuly bring some enrichment to those who need it.I have always seen it comming.To bad LT is out of the loop.
But sadly it's not gonna happen.A Lot of rappers and hip-hop artists are going to be in south beach.
luther, you're wrong... the hard rock in hollywood hasnt killed the nightlife on their "strip", the tables at all the other casinos in south florida are manned by locals, not the "carpet bagger croupiers" you envision... it might have effect on some high end "hot spots", and i honestly dont see that as a major downside... got a pal who's worried?
Its coming no matter what. They've already purchase the Miami Herald building, I'm sure they wouldn't have if they didn't already know that it was a done deal. One thing everyone needs to accept about the relationship between a corporation and politians, is that as long as politians can get their briefcases full of money, corporation can do whatever the hell the please. SMH :-(
They need to find somewhere as to put the casinos. I understand that it is a great investment, but they is not looking at the big picture. Crime rate is already high. What they think will happen if they put that casino in that location? Don't get me wrong if they do that, they need to train people in Miami so they can put people back to work. But if you really think about all the surrounding businesses will close and that means more people will be out of work.