Bill Would Allow Three New Mega-Casinos in South Florida
Genting's Resorts World Miami may have the most concrete and eye popping plans, but if the Florida legislature approves resort-style casinos don't expect it to be the only mega gambling venue to pop up in our community. Two South Florida Republicans are preparing to unveil their gambling bill as early as this week, and the plan would allow, if not encourage, three multi-billion dollar casino resorts in Broward and Miami-Dade.
Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, and Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, could file their identical bills as early as Friday, and according to The Herald those bills will allow three casinos. Any company bidding for the gaming licenses would have to make at least a $2 billion-dollar investment in the facilities.
In other words, these casinos would have a big, immediate economic impact on the area. Of course, with that would come other big, immediate impacts on traffic, local culture, crime, and the competitiveness of non-casino resorts.
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