Fort Lauderdale May Be Gambling Target For Las Vegas Style Resorts
Miami Commissioners sent a message on Wednesday to lawmakers in the state, do not try to bring Las Vegas style gaming to their city. City commissioners voted Wednesday to lobby state lawmakers to end the discussion of bringing casino resorts to Miami.
That is good news for Fort Lauderdale. Senators had been discussing South Beach as a possible landing spot for casino resorts that would be built by some of the biggest names in the gaming industry. South Beach appeared to be the perfect location for the resorts.
Already, South Beach is one of the top tourist destinations in the US. Celebrities can frequently be seen in Miami, and bringing casino resorts would only increase the amount of exposure the city receives nationally. The commissioners, however, believe that the resorts would be more of a burden than an advantage.
The commissioners are happy with the way the city is currently viewed, and are concerned that adding casino resorts would change the laid back atmosphere created in South Beach. In Las Vegas, casinos have the city wired twenty-four hours a day, and the crime is high in Sin City. That is something the commissioners would like to avoid.
Governor Rick Scott claimed during his campaign that he was against expanding gambling in Florida, but it appears he may have had a change of heart. Shortly after Scott won the mid-term election, he had a meeting with Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson. The Sands’ owner has been trying for years to convince lawmakers in Florida to allow casino resorts.
Other Las Vegas-based gaming companies are also eyeing the Sunshine State. With tourists already flocking to Florida for the weather and the beach, casino resorts would add another attraction. Governor Scott is open to anything that will increase the amount of available jobs in the state. Casino resorts would bring not only jobs, but hundreds of millions in tax revenue annually.