Targetting the Miami Beach resort

Florida: Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer launches “aggressive push” to obtain a casino license

Added to the attempts by Disney and the Seminole Tribe, and with a voter referendum in November that could divest the Legislature of control over gambling -and give the Seminoles a monopoly in the state-, 2018 might finally see gambling expansion.
2018-02-15
United States
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In 2017, efforts to pass a gambling bill stalled after Flag of Gratitude developer Mike Fernandez and other local figures signed a letter opposing expansion in Miami. However, with pushes from Fountainebleau, Disney and the Seminole Tribe, 2018 might see gambling expansion becoming a reality.

This week, Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer -whose lead lobbyist is the speaker of Florida’s House- was known to have started an “aggressive new push” to obtain a casino license for the Miami Beach resort. Added to the attempts by Disney and the Seminole Tribe, and with a voter referendum scheduled for November that could divest the Legislature of control over gambling -and give the Seminoles a monopoly in the state-, 2018 might finally see gambling expansion becoming a reality in Florida.

A casino at Genting’s Resorts World Miami site could also be in play, according to lawmakers.

Last year, efforts to pass a gambling bill stalled after Flag of Gratitude developer Mike Fernandez, Downtown Doral developer Armando Codina, and car dealer Norman Braman signed a letter opposing expansion in Miami.

 

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