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Legislation in FL for destination casinos

March 04, 2011

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Two Florida state senators announced Friday that they have filed legislation that would allow five Las Vegas-style casino hotels in Florida, spaced across the state. The legislation was filed by Dennis Jones (R-Seminole, the county where Orlando is located) and Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach, in Palm Beach County in South Florida). Jones is chair and Sachs is vice chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which oversees gambling in the state.
Jones said the casinos, which he called "destination resorts" would help the state's economy. They would have to contain at least 500,000 square feet of space for meetings and conventions, have at least 1,000 hotel rooms and commit no more than 10 percent of their square footage for gambling.
In addition to its racetracks and jai-alai frontons, four of which have slots, Florida has four casinos, all on sovereign land that belongs to the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Jones wants the state to pick the resorts through a bidding process. Bidders would pay a $50 million refundable licensing fee and a $1 million non-refundable application fee.
Click here to read the story in the Sun-Sentinel.
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