Las Vegas Style Casinos May Be Coming to Fort Lauderdale (I’d Vote for That)


It’s a recurrent theme, isn’t it?

Don’t bring Las Vegas style casinos to my town!

If you’re running for office, that’s the mantra. Then, if elected…when a legislator sits down and sees what the state, county deficit is… they change their minds.

Take Florida (where native Americans have slot casinos…)… and the new Governor, Rick Scott, who (when running for office) said he won’t expand casino gambling.

Then he was elected. And may be changing his tune.

Meanwhile, in Miami…Commissioners sent a message to lawmakers in the state, do not try to bring Las Vegas style gaming to their city.

We’re talking about the folks who run South Beach.

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.

As a former Floridian (I lived in West Palm)… I’d have loved a casino in Fort Lauderdale.

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.


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.

We’ll see what happens.


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