Supporters of legislation that could encourage the creation of three casinos in South Florida were not too disappointed on February 3, when state lawmakers have canceled the vote on the controversial bill.
The annulment of the vote apparently slammed the talks on expansion plans for 2012 after 18 months of heated debate on the regulation of gambling, but many are convinced that the battle has just begun.
Analysts predict that Florida will become the second state after Nevada to enter the gaming market. With this flow of money at stake, official’s alcunei Las Vegas casinos are evaluating the opportunity to play and expansion in Florida.
Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International have separately explored the BankAtlantic Center in Broward County, north of Miami, assuming the opening of a casino. The area has 90 acres of undeveloped land, is accessible from major highways and is located near the Outlet Mall Sawgrass Mills, considered the second state tourist attraction after Disney World.
The Genting Group, an operator in Malaysia, has spent 500 million for a population of 800 feet of waterfront on Biscayne Bay in downtown Miami to Miami Resorts World, a planned $ 3.8 billion complex game, hotel and entertainment analysts say that could compete with the Strip’s gaming revenue annually, if ever built.
Opposing the expansion of casinos is the Seminole Indian tribe, which operates the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa and Hollywood, and four other casinos in the state, and the company Walt Disney Co., which fears that slot machines would be decimated by competition.