Bill would let dog track, fronton move
South Florida Business Journal by Kevin Gale, Editor in Chief
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 3:02pm EST
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An amendment to a Florida House bill would allow movement of a greyhound racing permit or a dog racing permit to another county without a vote by residents.
The amendments to HB 887 by state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, has drawn a strong response from Tea Party Miami, which previously supported destination resort legislation.
“Now a cabal of politicians in the House, high-paid casino lobbyists and greedy casino developers want to pull a fast one to put a mega-slot casino in South Florida – without a vote of the people,” an email said.
A message seeking comment was left with the voice mail system at Gaetz’s Tallahassee office.
The amendments are tacked on to a bill that deals with business regulation.
They would appear to help a jai alai or dog track owner that doesn’t have card rooms move to a county that allows them – something that is common in South Florida.
Here is the combined text of the two amendments, which were filed Tuesday:
“Any holder of a valid outstanding permit for greyhound dog racing in a county in which there is only one dog racing permit issued that operated a live meet in 2011 and that does not permit the operation of a card room, as well as any holder of a valid outstanding permit for jai alai in a county in which only one jai alai permit is issued that operated a live jai alai event in 2011 and that does not permit the operation of a card room, is authorized, without the necessity of an additional county referendum required under s. 550.0651, to move the location for which the permit has been issued to a location in another county which has authorized the operation of the same class of permit with card rooms, provided that such relocation is approved under the zoning regulations of the county or municipality in which the permit is to be located, consistent with the comprehensive plan, and that such move is approved by the department after it is determined at a proceeding pursuant to chapter 120 in the county affected that the move is necessary to ensure the revenue-producing capability of the permittee without materially deteriorating the revenue-producing capability of any other pari-mutuel permittee of the same class of permit within 20 miles. The distance shall be measured on a straight line from the nearest property line of one racing plant or jai alai fronton to the nearest property line of the other.”