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7/12/2019

article Goodbye horses, hello jai alai? Isle Casino Pompano looks to revive fast-paced game
(Florida) -- For several South Florida casinos, jai-alai is shaping up as a better bet than dogs and racehorses. Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is the latest gambling...

7/9/2019

article Miami Beach Mayor won’t trade gaming for transportation
(Florida) -- I appreciate the efforts of Audrey Edmonson and those of the entire Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, and the leadership of Mayor Gimenez, as we all...

7/5/2019

article Miami Beach mayor to county: My city doesn’t want a monorail linked to a casino
(Florida) -- Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber chided Miami-Dade leaders on Wednesday for a rushed vote on a two-month-old proposal by casino giant Genting to start a county...

7/3/2019

article Gulfstream Park The Recipient of Nine Awards
(Florida) -- There never will be a greater opportunity for The Stronach Group and casino dole haters to throw some snark Gulfstream Park’s way. Why? Because the...

7/1/2019

article DeSantis vetoes warnings on lottery tickets, saying they would "negatively impact Florida students"
(Florida) -- Lawmakers seeking to slap gambling-addiction warnings on state lottery tickets and advertising once again failed to scratch out a winner. On Friday, Gov....

6/28/2019

article Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Vetoes Warnings On Lottery Tickets
(Florida) -- Lawmakers seeking to slap gambling-addiction warnings on state lottery tickets and advertising once again failed to scratch out a winner. On Friday, Gov....

6/20/2019

article Florida has a gambling problem and DeSantis should admit it
(Florida) -- If the first step to addiction recovery is admitting you have a problem, Florida is near a historic breakthrough. The state might officially admit it’...

6/19/2019

article State economists fail to agree on how lottery warnings may impact education funding
(Florida) -- A debate is raging between state economists over how much money Florida schools might lose if the lottery is required to put warning labels on its products...

6/11/2019

article Florida’s non-tribal casinos set revenue record of $569 million in 2018
(Florida) -- Revenues flowed at record levels into Florida’s non-tribal casinos’ coffers last year with $569 million collected from gamblers, an industry...

6/5/2019

article Supporters plan federal suit to overturn dog racing ban
(Florida) -- The head of a pro-greyhound racing group now says supporters will file suit in federal court next month to “overturn” the constitutional...

5/28/2019

article Administrative Judge Says Track Should Lose Slots License
(Florida) -- In a turnabout from a similar case last year, an administrative law judge decided that state gambling regulators erred when they allowed South Florida’s...
article Nearly $40 million was spent to lobby Florida lawmakers in the first three months
(Florida) -- Lobbying the Legislature is big business. During the first three months of the year, companies, local governments and other clients paid an estimated $37.4...
article Big donor and casino mogul Adelson appears with Gov. DeSantis during West Bank ceremony
(Israel) -- Billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, a campaign backer keen to expand his casino empire into Florida, showed up during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ business-...

5/27/2019

article Judge says track should lose slots license
(Florida) -- In a turnabout from a similar case last year, an administrative law judge Friday decided that state gambling regulators erred when they allowed South...
article GOP megadonors accompany DeSantis on Israel trip
(Israel) -- Republican megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson attended a signing ceremony with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Israel today, according to a statement from...

5/24/2019

article Judge says Calder Race Course should lose slot-machine license
(Florida) -- In a turnabout from a similar case last year, an administrative law judge Friday decided that state gambling regulators erred when they allowed South...

5/21/2019

article No Casinos all in on lottery ticket warning labels
(Florida) -- No Casinos went all-in for legislation requiring warning labels on Florida Lottery tickets. The organization, a long-time opponent of gambling expansion in...

5/15/2019

article The Nine Best Casinos in South Florida
(Florida) -- When it comes to casinos, Florida is no Las Vegas. The Seminole Tribe, owner of six casinos across the state; and Disney, owner of, well, everything else,...

5/12/2019

article Isle Casino places a bet that you’re going to love its massive expansion
(Florida) -- A major expansion at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park would create a thriving city within a city — transforming it into a village-like enclave that...

5/10/2019

article Industry Groups Join Lawsuit Opposing Calder Plan
(Florida) -- A pair of industry groups will be allowed to join the legal fight aiming to prevent Churchill Downs Inc. from converting its Calder Casino license from one...

5/9/2019

article Isle Casino places a bet that you’re going to love its massive expansion
(Florida) -- A major expansion at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park would create a thriving city within a city — transforming it into a village-like enclave that...

5/6/2019

article Despite the Legislative Session Ending, Florida Continues to Debate Sports Betting Bill
(Florida) -- Lawmakers in Florida went home for summer vacation on May 3rd, but the state’s sports betting bill remains in the foreground for passage. Where is the...
article After 90 years, greyhound racing comes to an end in Sarasota
(Florida) -- Airplanes will still rumble overhead as they take off at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Cars and trucks will still whoosh by. The buses will...

5/1/2019

article Florida Gov. DeSantis Meets With Gaming Stakeholders To Talk Sports Betting
(Florida) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been making the rounds of late, meeting last Friday with representatives from every corner of the state’s gambling industry to...
article Sports betting deal between Florida, Seminoles not doing so well
(Florida) -- The Seminole Indians of Florida have been at an impasse with state lawmakers regarding how to develop a new gambling compact. The tribe has always had...
article Lottery addiction warning draws debate
(Florida) -- Booze and beer don’t carry similar cautions, but some Republican lawmakers want people playing the state lottery to be warned that the games may be...

4/30/2019

article José Oliva: No gambling deal, wait until next year
(Florida) -- With just days left in the annual legislative session, House Speaker José Oliva on Monday put to rest the possibility of passing a gambling deal. Oliva, R-...

4/26/2019

article OP/ED: Lottery warning labels? How laughable
(Florida) -- Florida has so few problems that our leaders in Tallahassee have decided they need to protect us from ourselves. This time, the threat is a program run by...

4/23/2019

article DeSantis says gambling deal could be a 'lift'
(Florida) -- With time already an enemy, Gov. Ron DeSantis injected more uncertainty Tuesday into a gambling deal reached by a Senate Republican leader and a...

4/12/2019

article Florida Senate President “Encouraged” by Progress of Gambling Deal Negotiations
(Florida) -- Sen. Wilton Simpson has been tapped as the lead negotiator in the ongoing discussions with tribal officials. The legislator is slated to replace Mr. Galvano...
article José Oliva leaves open possibility of gambling deal
(Florida) -- With three weeks left in the legislative session, House Speaker Jose Oliva is not rejecting the possibility of reaching a gambling deal with the Seminole...

4/5/2019

article Quiet talk occurring on Florida gambling agreement
(Florida) -- Legislative leaders are in behind-the-scenes talks with the Seminole Tribe of Florida in hopes of nailing down a new gambling agreement. There’s a lot...

4/4/2019

article Florida Bill Seeks To Add Gambling Warnings On Lottery Tickets
(Florida) -- Warnings about the addictive nature of gambling would be slapped on all Florida lottery tickets, under a bill approved Thursday by the House Commerce...
article Allegiant, known for air travel, confident its foray into the resort business will soar
(Florida) -- What does discount carrier Allegiant Air know about the resort industry? The short answer is that it knows enough to spend close to $500 million to build a...

3/22/2019

article Looks like legal sports betting isn't coming to Florida anytime soon — and that's too bad
(Florida) -- An estimated 40 million people filled out NCAA Tournament brackets this year, with hopes of bringing home office pool victory trophies, bragging rights and...

3/21/2019

article Budgets and bad omens: Bill Galvano won’t count Seminole gambling money
(Florida) -- The Senate’s proposed $90 billion state budget for next year is missing something: Any gambling money from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. That’s...

3/18/2019

article Lottery bill could slash education payouts by up to $235 million
(Florida) -- A bill aimed at prohibiting online lottery ticket sales could have an unintended side effect. According to the Revenue Estimating Conference, a provision in...

3/13/2019

article North Florida’s Racetrack Bingo Ordered to Forfeit $6 Million Over Illegal Gambling Racket that Defrauded Local Charities
(Florida) -- The owners of Racetrack Bingo in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, have been ordered to forfeit $6 million to the federal government after being convicted last...

3/11/2019

article Gov. Ron DeSantis hitches ride to New York on South Florida gambling mogul’s jet; GOP picks up tab
(Florida) -- Gov. Ron DeSantis hitched a ride to New York City on a chartered jet owned by a South Florida billionaire who accompanied the governor and whose resort...

3/5/2019

article Sports betting on table in legislative session
(Florida) -- Allowing fans to place bets at professional sports arenas while games are played may sound far-fetched. But the twist on what are known as “prop...

3/4/2019

article Florida Legislature 2019: Here are the key issues facing lawmakers
(Florida) -- The 2019 legislative session begins Tuesday with a new Legislature, a new Governor and a new Cabinet, but an old list of major issues and agendas. Florida...

2/28/2019

article Greyhound racing: Local group rescues greyhounds from ‘worst racetrack in the world’
(Macau) -- Sonia Stratemann quit rescuing greyhounds from Florida’s racetracks the day her 17-year-old son died on a polo field. She loved few things as much as...

2/25/2019

article In focus: the state of gambling in South Florida
(Florida) -- The Supreme Court’s decision to effectively legalize sports betting created a ripple effect in May 2018. A number of states moved quickly to take...

2/19/2019

article No bailout for industry needed, dog racing ban backer tells lawmakers
(Florida) -- One of the main proponents of the state’s recently passed ban on dog racing is telling legislators it’s “not necessary” to pass a...
article Florida bill aims to ban online lottery sales
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers will this week run the rule over a bill that could lead to an outright ban on the sale of lottery tickets and games online.

2/16/2019

article Florida Senate president preparing bill on sports gambling
(Florida) -- Bill Galvano the president of the senate of Florida is moving ahead with his plans to find the legislative approval for the gambling done on sports in the...
article Bonita Springs greyhound track being replaced with poker room
(Florida) -- The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs is closing after voters chose to ban greyhound racing in November, but the owner has plans to adapt.

2/14/2019

article Florida Senate President Galvano Wants Sports Betting, Gambling Reforms But Path Now Littered With Pitfalls
(Florida) -- Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is not only planning a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State, he wants to...

2/13/2019

article Galvano with a New Gambling Bill Idea in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida’s position on gambling remains unyielding. With the state’s tribes having exclusivity over the industry, there are still some final...

2/12/2019

article FL Senate president preparing bill on gaming, sports gambling
(Florida) -- The president of the Florida Senate, Bill Galvano, is moving forward with his plans to try and seek legislative approval for sports gambling in the Sunshine...

2/11/2019

article Longshot: Bill Galvano considering another gambling bill for 2019
(Florida) -- Sports betting is not enough — Senate President Bill Galvano wants to tee up a farther-reaching gambling bill for the 2019 Legislative Session....
article The Walt Disney Company to maintain sports betting antipathy
(Florida) -- In the United States, the boss for The Walt Disney Company has reportedly announced that his firm will not be getting involved in the nation’s nascent...

2/10/2019

article Disney Remain Opposed to Gambling in Florida, Bob Iger Says
(Florida) -- Walt Disney Company is most certainly no dove when it comes to Florida’s gambling industry. Since pre-2009, the company has been fighting a very...

2/7/2019

article Sports gambling could come to Florida through backdoor
(Florida) -- A successful amendment on November's ballot in Florida has made it difficult to impossible for any casino expansion in the state. This has been...

1/24/2019

article Facing 'uncertainty' with gaming revenue, Senate president eyes gambling ahead of session
(Florida) -- The uncertain future of state gambling revenue requires legislative action, although it's not clear what lawmakers will consider, Senate President Bill...
article Known unknown: Gaming money is revenue forecasting challenge for state
(Florida) -- When it comes to gaming revenue for state coffers, changes are ahead. Thursday morning’s meeting of the House Gaming Control Subcommittee afforded...

1/23/2019

article How come we can bet on horses in Florida but not the Super Bowl? | You asked, we answer
(Florida) -- As part of our Sound Off South Florida project, we’re taking reader-submitted questions and doing our best to provide an answer. We’ve already...
article Justices reject appeal in slot machine dispute
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court has declined to take up a dispute about the legality of certain electronic games played in bars and other establishments. Justices...

12/26/2018

article Poor maintenance blamed for Florida casino shuttle boat fire
(Florida) -- A casino shuttle boat fire that killed one woman and injured 14 other people off Florida’s Gulf Coast was caused by poor maintenance and the captain...

12/14/2018

article L. Milton scores $18M construction loan for apartments near Magic City Casino
(Florida) -- An affiliate of L. Milton Construction just scored an $18 million construction loan to build an apartment complex near Magic City Casino.
article The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa Fairgrounds Casino’s completes million dollar renovations
(Florida) -- The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa Fairgrounds Casino’s recently completed $1.4 million renovation rightfully excites Lauren Bunton, who has...
article Greyhound Racing starts, could be the last season for Sarasota Kennel Club after passing of Amendment 13
(Florida) -- Dog racing officially kicks off for the season Friday, but it could be the last for kennel clubs across the state. In November, voters passed amendment 13...

12/7/2018

article Current casino owners biggest winners with Florida amendment
(Florida) -- The biggest winners when Florida approved an amendment requiring 60-percent state-wide approval for any new casinos, were the current casino owners in the...

12/5/2018

article Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin buys Miami casino
(Florida) -- Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin is expanding his gaming footprint to the East coast. The Strip billionaire snapped up a casino near downtown Miami after...
article Casino mogul Phil Ruffin enters Florida gaming space
(Florida) -- Casino Miami, a Fronton Holdings, LLC property, has been fully-acquired by renowned Las Vegas-based casino mogul and businessman, Phil Ruffin.

12/3/2018

article How To Adopt A Racing Greyhound
(Florida) -- The 99-year-old American sport of greyhound racing had been fading away, anyway, but Florida residents all but guaranteed its demise last month by voting...

11/30/2018

article Florida voters approved 11 amendments. Now, the Legislature steps in.
(Florida) -- Florida voters passed 11 ballot measures earlier this month, but that isn’t the end of the story. The Legislature often has to pass laws to conform...

11/21/2018

article Florida Senate President promises lawmakers won’t block new constitutional amendments
(Florida) -- Senate President Bill Galvano is promising that lawmakers won’t do anything to block the nearly dozen constitutional amendments that Floridians passed...

11/19/2018

article Incoming Florida Senate President Says Lawmakers Won’t ‘Slow Walk’ Amendments
(Florida) -- Tallahassee is looking to run like a freshly oiled engine when new lawmakers take office. Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano is promising that lawmakers...
article ‘The will of the people’: The coming brouhaha over sports betting in Florida
(Florida) -- The next big debate over gambling in Florida could be on sports betting — with one top lawmaker already flexing his muscle regarding lawmakers’...
article The slow death of US greyhound racing
(Florida) -- Way back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure invented by Owen Patrick Smith could...
article OPINION: Recount Needed: Florida Gambling Amendment Does Not Cover Sports Betting
(Florida) -- Florida’s gubernatorial and senate races are not the only ballot items from Election Day that are undergoing reexamination. It also turns out that the...

11/16/2018

article ANALYSIS: Florida voters made right choices
(Florida) -- It has become obvious during the past couple of weeks that Florida voters faced a daunting task when they cast their ballots in this year’s general...

11/11/2018

article South Florida Casino Recommendations
(Florida) -- South Florida has been rated as one of the most popular tourist destinations based on its atmosphere, attractions and holiday spirit. The resorts are...

11/10/2018

article STUTZ: Florida Amendment 3 – backed by Disney, Seminoles – approved and gives voters control of gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Florida voters approve constitutional amendment measure limiting future casinos outside Indian reservations. The amendment achieved at least 60 percent of...

11/9/2018

article Tribe Lawyer: Legal Sports Betting Still Possible In Florida
(Florida) -- Seminole Gaming could still eventually offer legal sports betting in Florida despite the passage this week of an amendment that put any expansion of...
article Florida voters approve legislation to limit casinos
(Florida) -- The voters in Florida have approved constitutional amendment legislation that limits future casinos outside Indian reservations. The amendment received 60...
article Bigger casinos, more nightlife options: What constitutional amendments could mean for South Florida
(Florida) -- A big rise in eligible voters. Bigger casinos or more entertainment options at mothballed dog tracks. That’s the profound effect we could see in South...
article Two Amendments Pass in Florida Affecting the Gambling Industry
(Florida) -- Summary: Amendment 3 and Amendment 13 were passed in Florida, making major changes to the gambling industry of the state. This week, the mid-term elections...
article Florida's Dog Racing Ban Means Thousands of Greyhounds Will Be Put Up for Adoption
(Florida) -- Amendment 13, which bans dog racing in Florida, may seem like a win for animal rights, but now greyhounds in the state are facing a new set of challenges....

11/8/2018

article Florida Gambling Amendment Might Push Jacksonville Jaguars Owner to Relocate Team to London
(Florida) -- The Florida gambling amendment that voters backed this week to take control of casino measures and strip state lawmakers of the power might have the...

11/7/2018

article Disney and Seminole tribe score big win in Florida on Election Day as voters approve gambling amendment
(Florida) -- The midterm election produced a big win for Disney and The Seminole tribe of Florida which owns the Hard Rock brand. According to Ballotopedia, Disney spent...
article Florida Voters Take Control Of Casino Expansion, End Dog Racing
(Florida) -- Florida voters took control of casino legislation on Tuesday, giving residents the exclusive right to authorize future casino expansion in the state....
article OPR: Florida Voters Close The Door On Gambling Opportunity Via Midterm Referendum
(Florida) -- Florida voters have approved a constitutional amendment that hands them control over future gambling expansion in the state. Listed as Amendment 3, the...
article Will Florida’s Sports Betting Roadblock Pave Way For Jaguars’ Move To London?
(Florida) -- The future of legalized sports betting in Florida looks bleak at best, and one prominent NFL reporter thinks that could significantly alter the league...
article Derby Lane on greyhound racing ban, casino vote: 'Hard blows'
(Florida) -- The results were overwhelming: Florida voters approved changes to the state's constitution on the issues of gambling and dog racing. Approval of two...
article Florida votes to end greyhound racing; fate uncertain for more than 6,000 dogs
(Florida) -- Florida voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 13, ending live greyhound racing in the state by 2021. With nearly all votes counted statewide, about 5.3...

11/6/2018

article Amendment 3 backers pour late money into ads
(Florida) -- A political committee leading efforts to pass Amendment 3 on Tuesday’s ballot spent nearly $13.6 million from Oct. 23 through Thursday, with almost...
article Amendment 3: Voters approve voter control of casino gambling
(Florida) -- Floridians will retain exclusive rights to authorize and potentially expand casino gambling in the state, including slot machines and electronic betting...
article Florida gambling amendment opposed by Dolphins passes
(Florida) -- Florida voters on Tuesday approved an amendment that strips the state legislature of the power to expand gambling, including sports betting. Amendment 3...
article Florida Voters Approve Amendment Seen as Limiting Casino Growth
(Florida) -- Florida voters approved Amendment 3 to the state’s constitution, giving themselves power to block any expansion of casino gambling. The ballot...
article Florida votes yes on Amendment 3, putting casinos in the hands of voters
(Florida) -- On Tuesday night, voters decided to keep the exclusive right to decide to authorize expansions of casino gambling in Florida. Amendment 3, which was...
article Greyhound racing ends in Florida
(Florida) -- Greyhound racing will end in Lee County after voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment stopping the 100-year-old sport statewide. Naples-Fort Myers...
article Voters OK ‘historic’ ban on dog racing in Florida
(Florida) -- As some hoped, others feared, and few expected, a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at ending live dog racing in Florida has won at the ballot box....
article New permits signal work at future Swan & Dolphin 349-room hotel
(Florida) -- Progress on the third property at Walt Disney World's (NYSE: DIS) Swan & Dolphin Resort appears to be heating up. New state permits filed on Nov. 5 hint...

11/5/2018

article Amendment 3: Passage of Amendment 3 could influence the future of gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- The future of casino gambling in Florida will be placed in the hands of the electorate if Constitutional Amendment 3 passes in November. The amendment...
article NO ON 3: Miami Dolphins step into politics, encourage fans to vote on gambling amendment
(Florida) -- The whole “keep politics out of sports” routine is getting trickier by the day, particularly when teams themselves are leaping wholesale into...
article Florida dog racing would be finished under Amendment 13
(Florida) -- There are no bundled issues in Florida Amendment 13. The anti-dog racing amendment would prohibit one thing: Wagering on all live dog races in Florida...

11/3/2018

article Seminole Tribe Gives $1M More to Committee Urging Floridians to Approve Casino Ballot Question Next Week
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe in Florida has given another $1 million to Voters in Charge, a committee that’s hoping voters will back a casino ballot referendum...

11/2/2018

article Cerabino: Gaming the Florida casino ballot question
(Florida) -- There are so many awful questions on this month’s ballot that singling out one for abuse seems almost unfair. But no constitutional measure in Tuesday...
article Seminole Tribe of Florida puts more cash into gambling ballot proposal
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida this week put another $4.285 million into a gambling ballot proposal, bringing its overall contributions to nearly $24.65...
article Two heavily-financed amendments poised for passage, all others face uncertain prospects
(Florida) -- Constitutional amendments that would give state voters the exclusive authority to authorize casinos and would restore voting rights to many of Florida...
article Gaming the Florida casino ballot question
(Florida) -- There are so many awful questions on this month’s ballot that singling out one for abuse seems almost unfair. But no constitutional measure in Tuesday...

11/1/2018

article Seminole Tribe puts another $1M behind Amendment 3 push
(Florida) -- The political committee behind a proposed constitutional amendment to let voters decide on future gambling expansions in the Sunshine State picked up...
article Seminole Tribe puts more cash into ballot measure
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida this week put another $4.285 million into a gambling ballot proposal, bringing its overall contributions to nearly $24.65...

10/31/2018

article Casinos & curse words: 2 of the most ridiculous ad campaigns this season
(Florida) -- We’ve seen a lot of lies this campaign season. But we’ve also seen some ads that are just eye-rolling ridiculous. Here are two of the leaders in...
article Florida Amendment 3 Vote Could End Hopes Of Gambling Expansion
(Florida) -- This November, Florida voters have a constitutional amendment on the ballot–Amendment 3. The issue is “voter control of gambling in Florida....
article Jacksonville-Based Gator Coin Wants Fla. Supreme Court To Hear Its Case
(Florida) -- A dispute about the legality of certain electronic games played in bars and other establishments is headed to the Florida Supreme Court. The 1st District...

10/30/2018

article Amendment 3 Puts Future Of Florida Gambling On Midterm Ballot
(Florida) -- Midterm elections are upon the US, and gambling issues will appear on the ballot in two states. Arkansas is making a move toward legal sports betting under...
article EDITORIAL: Just vote No (except for Amendment 4)
(Florida) -- Of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot, only Amendment 4 deserves your vote. It would automatically restore voting...
article New poll shows strong support for Florida's Amendment 4, which would allow felon voting
(Florida) -- A Suffolk University poll released Tuesday offers an encouraging sign for those in favor of allowing Florida's convicted felons the right to vote.
article Shelton: Amendment 3 is a shameless attempt to dupe voters
(Florida) -- This year’s ballot is full of proposed Constitutional amendments — some arguably good, and some bad. A contender for the worst among the bunch:...
article Vote no on Amendment 3: This loser slams the door on new revenue
(Florida) -- In 1996 the game of poker changed my life. Overworked and stressed out, I needed a mental and social outlet. I walked into the Seminole Bingo Hall in...

10/29/2018

article Amendment 3 Foes Pour Money Into Ballot Fight
(Florida) -- A political committee raised $7.75 million during a week-long period as it tries to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to...
article Direct mail round-up: Gambling amendment all ‘Tricks, no treat’
(Florida) -- A Halloween-themed anti-Amendment 3 flier hit mailboxes this weekend warning voters to not be tricked by the ballot measure giving voters the exclusive...
article Slot machine dispute heads to Florida Supreme Court
(Florida) -- A dispute about the legality of certain electronic games played in bars and other establishments is headed to the Florida Supreme Court. The 1st District...

10/28/2018

article Amendment 3 To Decide Who Can Approve Casinos In Florida
(Florida) -- On Nov. 6, Florida voters will decide a crucial gambling fight. Amendment 3, the Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative, would give voters the "...
article Fifteen Jacksonville City Council members oppose Amendment 3
(Florida) -- This year’s ballot is full of proposed Constitutional amendments — some arguably good, and some bad. A contender for the worst among the bunch:...

10/27/2018

article CEO of Florida Chamber supports Amendment 3
(Florida) -- The Florida Chamber of Commerce has long advocated for restraint in amending Florida’s Constitution. We believe our constitution should only be...
article COMMENTARY: Don’t fall for it: Casinos are not good for children, education
(Florida) -- Did you know gambling casinos are good for children? Spoiler alert: They’re not. Yet that is the exact claim casino operators are making in an attempt...

10/26/2018

article Latest poll shows gambling Amendment 3 is still poised to pass
(Florida) -- The constitutional amendment to let voters have a say in future gambling expansions in the state saw a slight dip in support over the past week, but it...

10/25/2018

article Scratched: State says track can stop racing horses, keep slots
(Florida) -- It’s big news in Florida’s gambling world: The pari-mutuel formerly known as Calder Race Course has gotten the OK from state gambling regulators...
article CLOWN CAR: Poker Alliance Comes Out Against Florida’s Amendment 3
(Florida) -- Ever since it took over the Poker Players Alliance, Poker Central has been extremely quiet. The organization was rebranded at the time of the takeover, with...

10/24/2018

article Florida’s proposed amendments: Here’s a breakdown ahead of the midterms
(Florida) -- As Florida voters prepare to cast their ballots, you will see 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. Some voters say sometimes the amendments...
article What Florida Sports Bettors Need to Know About Amendment 3
(Florida) -- Florida, the third-most populous state in the U.S., has a little-known measure on its November ballot, which could shape the future of sports betting...
article Florida Ballot Measure to Ban Dog Racing Bites Off More Controversy Than It Can Chew
(Florida) -- Florida’s November ballot will ask voters whether commercial dog racing — and gambling on it — should be banned in the state. On the face...
article Former state director over Florida gambling wants greyhound racing banned
(Florida) -- Tony Glover regulated the majority of greyhound race tracks in the country in 2016 and 2017. He's opening up about what made him change his mind about...

10/23/2018

article Mayor: Don’t get snookered into voting for state amendments that take away Miami-Dade’s rights
(Florida) -- As Miami-Dade County voters weigh in on their preferred candidates in this midterm election, they will find a packed ballot with various amendments to their...

10/22/2018

article Gambling amendment fight has high stakes
(Florida) -- The words on the November ballot appear simple enough: “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida.” According to proponents of Amendment 3, it’...
article Another ugly Florida campaign — over dog racing
(Florida) -- A bitter Florida campaign featuring charges of lying, dirty tricks and bad faith is nearing an end. But this isn't the battle for governor or Senate: It...

10/21/2018

article Weatherford: Let voters decide on expanded gambling
(Florida) -- I am writing today to deal with unfinished business. After spending eight years in the Florida Legislature, the last two serving as speaker of the House, I...

10/20/2018

article Future of Florida Gaming Rests on Amendment 3
(Florida) -- A constitutional amendment on the Florida ballot Nov. 6 could dramatically change the pari-mutuel industry landscape by requiring statewide approval for any...

10/19/2018

article Don’t let the gambling industry confuse you on Amendment 3. It’s not about schools.
(Florida) -- Politicians count on voters having short memories: forgetting, and by proxy, forgiving the bad policy they championed, the bad votes they cast. I seldom...
article League Of Women Voters Says Yes To Gambling, Dog Racing Amendments; BestBet Says No
(Florida) -- When Florida voters head to the polls next month they’ll be faced with a slew of amendments, and two of them, three and 13, could determine the fate of...

10/18/2018

article Vote yes or no for Amendment 3? Here's what 6 Florida newspapers recommend
(Florida) -- This amendment gives voters the exclusive right to decide whether a new casino can open in the state. It takes that right away from the Florida Legislature...

10/17/2018

article Amendment 3: Here's what USA TODAY NETWORK's Florida newspapers recommend
(Florida) -- Voters will be faced with 12 constitutional amendment proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. Each needs at least 60 percent of votes to be enshrined in the Florida...
article Disney Bets $20 Million To Ensure Florida Isn't The Next Vegas
(Florida) -- A Florida ballot initiative this November would give voters the power to block any expansion of casino gambling, a move some argue would effectively crush...
article Gambling Expansion in Florida Hinges on Amendment 3
(Florida) -- When the electorate heads to polls in Florida on Nov. 6, one measure they will be deciding is Amendment 3, AKA the “Voter Approval of Casino Gambling...
article Miami Dolphins Secretly Battling Florida’s Amendment 3
(Florida) -- The Miami Dolphins are quietly opposing a Florida ballot initiative that would hand voters the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino...
article Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Bucs Fork Over $1 Million to Defeat Amendment 3
(Florida) -- Six months ago no National Football League team would be caught dead involving itself in a state election. But now look: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami...

10/16/2018

article Florida voters to decide on 12 amendments to state’s constitution
(Florida) -- Pinellas County voters will join the rest of the state to answer yes or no to 12 proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution during the Nov. 6...
article The Miami Dolphins Seem to Be Quietly Fighting for Florida Gambling
(Florida) -- A Florida ballot initiative next month would give voters power to reject any expansion of casino gambling, and gaming companies have spent millions to...

10/15/2018

article Disney-backed gambling opponents unleash $8.5 million ad blitz in just 1 week
(Florida) -- The ad blitz is on for Disney-backed Amendment 3, which would put the expansion of casino gambling into the hands of the people. The political committee...
article Florida Amendment 3 Voting Guide: ‘Public Gambling Control‘
(Florida) -- Florida Amendment 3, known as the “Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative,” purports to be a way for Sunshine State voters to better take...
article Gambling amendment will pass, AIF poll suggests
(Florida) -- The constitutional amendment to limit gambling expansion in the Sunshine State has the support of a supermajority of voters, according to a new poll...
article Voters to decide expansion of Florida gaming industry
(Florida) -- Disney and the Seminole Tribe have teamed up to push a ballot question aimed at slowing the expansion of gambling in the state, but opponents warn the...
article Palm Beach leadership committee announced for gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Voters in Charge, the political committee supporting the “Voter Control of Gambling” amendment (Amendment 3), has named the members of its Palm...

10/14/2018

article A breakdown of Florida's proposed Constitutional Amendments
(Florida) -- Early voting in Sarasota County begins on Monday, October 22, and voters in Manatee County can cast their ballots early starting on Wednesday, October 24....
article Romanik: Amendment 3 could destroy horse racing in Florida
(Florida) -- There is no way to look at Amendment 3 on the upcoming ballot as anything but an anti-gambling measure. Yet, a main financial supporter of the amendment...
article Greyhound trainers, animal rights activists fight to sway voters in battle over dog racing in Florida
(Florida) -- The future of live dog racing in Florida rests in the hands of voters, pitting greyhound trainers against animal rights activists for the survival of a...

10/13/2018

article Gambling divides the politics of the family behind the Fontainebleau and Aventura Mall
(Florida) -- In Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber is campaigning for a referendum to approve an 800-room, city-owned hotel that Turnberry partner Jackie Soffer wants to...

10/12/2018

article Editorial: In support of Amendments 3, 4
(Florida) -- Two of the 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on general election ballots statewide are the results of intensive petition drives. The...

10/11/2018

article Florida ballot measure for gambling expansion facing challenges
(Florida) -- In the U.S., midterm elections are going to be held in November in a number of states. There is a wide range of topics to be covered, but one of the most...

10/10/2018

article Florida Amendment 3: Polls Swing Against Gambling Measure as Opposition Steps Up Fight
(Florida) -- Supporters of Florida’s Amendment 3 ballot measure are not assured victory, despite a $40 million war chest financed by the mighty Disney Corporation...

10/8/2018

article Vi at Aventura is ALL ACES The Great Debate
(Florida) -- Who should authorize the expansion of casino gambling in our state – the legislature or voters? Floridians will decide that in November by casting...

10/7/2018

article MIAMI HERALD: Learn how 12 Florida amendments affect your life, and your wallet, before you vote
(Florida) -- So why are there so many amendments on the ballot this November? Here’s the explanation: Once every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution provides...
article OP/ED: Florida's constitutional amendments: Vote 'yes' on 4 and 11, 'no' on rest
(Florida) -- When he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, North Carolina’s folksy “country lawyer” Sen. Sam Ervin used to cite an adage he...
article What is Amendment 3 on the Florida ballot? It affects gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Amendment 3, proposed by Voters in Charge — a political committee largely financed by the Seminole Tribe and Disney — would give voters the...

10/5/2018

article Amendment 13: Dog racing
(Florida) -- An amendment on the ballot in November could spell the end of the nearly 90-year-old greyhound racing industry. It's Amendment 13. If approved by voters...
article FanDuel Urges Florida Players to Vote ‘No’ on Amendment 3, Claims Ballot Measure Threatens DFS, Sports Betting
(Florida) -- DFS and sports betting operator FanDuel has joined the fight against Amendment 3 in Florida, a ballot measure that if approved would place all future...
article Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- Ballot Language: This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that...
article What is Amendment 3 on the Florida ballot? It affects gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Amendment 3, proposed by Voters in Charge — a political committee largely financed by the Seminole Tribe and Disney — would give voters the...

10/4/2018

article Amendment 3: What to know
(Florida) -- Commitment 2018 is taking a closer look at the amendments on the ballot this year, and bringing voters a complete rundown to make sure they understand what...
article Seminole County officials hold forum on gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Florida voters will see Amendment 3 on their ballot on Election Day. It’s titled “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida,” and asks if...
article ‘Vote no’: FanDuel comes out in opposition to gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Saying it will “make it impossible to bring sports betting to Florida,” FanDuel is telling Florida voters to vote down a proposed ‘voter...

10/3/2018

article Florida Indian gaming revenues grow, but more slowly
(Florida) -- Indian gaming in Florida is big and getting bigger, though not as fast as it was a few years ago. Florida remains the No. 3 state in revenues from Indian...
article ‘No, dog. No!’ State rejects request for greyhound kennel tours
(Florida) -- The state’s top gambling regulator, using the greyhound industry’s own concern against it, has nixed an “emergency” request to allow...

10/2/2018

article DeSantis Backed by Adelson, Racetracks in Florida Governor Race as Gambling Industry Weighs Into Amendment 3
(Florida) -- Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has received generous campaign donations from the gambling industry but remains tight-lipped about...
article Voters in Charge announces Miami-Dade leadership committee
(Florida) -- Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the statewide “Yes on 3” constitutional amendment campaign, on Tuesday said former Miami Mayor...

10/1/2018

article Judge’s ruling eviscerates state’s greyhound drug-testing system
(Florida) -- An administrative law judge on Monday largely gutted the state’s proposed rule governing the drug testing of racing greyhounds. In a 44-page “...

9/30/2018

article Disney, Seminole Tribe Add $10M To Campaign To Limit Casinos
(Florida) -- Gambling in Florida has been a major issue for years. Disney and The Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pouring money into a campaign to limit future casino...
article Disney, Seminole Tribe pour another $10 million into amendment aimed at limiting gambling
(Florida) -- Walt Disney Co. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pumping money into efforts to support Amendment 3, which would give voters the final say on whether...
article GOP's Ron DeSantis gets gambling money in Florida gov race, but won't discuss gaming views
(Florida) -- Republican Ron DeSantis is receiving big money and support from gambling interests, but he's refusing to discuss specifics about his stand on gaming as...

9/29/2018

article Disney, Seminole Tribe Add $10M to Campaign to Limit Casinos
(Florida) -- Disney and The Seminole Tribe of Florida keep pouring money into a campaign to limit future casino gambling. Newly-filed campaign reports show that Disney...
article Greyhound track fights gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Melbourne Greyhound Park has put $145,000 into a political committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand...

9/27/2018

article Destin Florida Council Approves Gaming Ban
(Florida) -- Destin, Florida is located on some of the most-visited tourist spots in the state. It’s the ideal getaway with its white-sugar sand beaches and its...

9/26/2018

article Big money is flowing to these five ballot measures. What are they?
(Florida) -- Florida voters this fall could decide the fate of 12 ballot proposals that deal with issues ranging from limiting taxes to banning greyhound racing.
article GOP's Ron DeSantis gets gambling money in Florida gov race, but won't discuss gaming views
(Florida) -- Republican Ron DeSantis is receiving big money and support from gambling interests, but he's refusing to discuss specifics about his stand on gaming as...

9/25/2018

article Big money backs Florida ballot measures
(Florida) -- Florida voters this fall could decide the fate of 12 ballot proposals that deal with issues ranging from limiting taxes to banning greyhound racing.

9/24/2018

article The Sunshine Economy: The Business of Betting
(Florida) -- Gambling in Florida is a perennial issue for politicians and the public. It will be on this fall’s ballot for voters in two forms. One proposed...
article EDITORIAL: We don’t need the state to make local decisions
(Florida) -- Many of the amendments presented on the ballot in November to adjust the Florida Consititution are puzzling. Not only some of the amendments are confusingly...

9/21/2018

article A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 3
(Florida) -- About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one...

9/20/2018

article Ron DeSantis on gambling, charter schools, differing from Rick Scott, and his concerns with student testing
(Florida) -- The GOP nominee for governor says his top transportation priority will be to "reduce traffic." He's no fan of restoring voting rights for...

9/18/2018

article Victims injured in Pasco casino boat fire hope to reach settlement
(Florida) -- Robert Boose still has pain in his left heel. An injury that never completely healed after he jumped for his life off the Tropical Breeze Casino boat when...

9/17/2018

article Guest Opinion: Expansion of Gambling a Bad Bet for Florida
(Florida) -- When the current State Constitution was adopted the only gambling that was approved by the citizens of Florida were pari-mutuels — dog tracks, horse...

9/16/2018

article Deputies: Gambling business manager shoots and kills nephew, who was called to calm him down
(Florida) -- A manager at a gambling establishment shot and killed his nephew Saturday after a coworker called the victim to calm his uncle down, Hernando deputies...

9/15/2018

article West Flager Associates wants a gambling venue in Edgewater, but the city wants
(Florida) -- Miami officials moved closer to preventing owners of Magic City Casino from opening an Edgewater gambling venue that would include a jai alai court and...

9/14/2018

article Casinos and pari-mutuels team up to fight gambling amendment backed by Seminoles and Disney
(Florida) -- Faced with a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, the gambling industry early this month put another $...
article Judge dismisses horse group’s challenge of Calder gambling permit
(Florida) -- A Tallahassee administrative law judge has booted a Florida horsemen’s group challenge of a South Florida track’s gambling permit. The reason:...
article Miami moves to regulate gambling, likely derailing Magic City’s Edgewater poker room
(Florida) -- A plan for a poker room and jai alai fronton in Edgewater may be hitting a snag after Miami commissioners moved to regulate gambling in the city — a...

9/13/2018

article Do We Really Need All These Amendments To Florida’s Constitution?
(Florida) -- As part of the 2018 midterm elections, Floridians will be asked to vote on thirteen amendments to the state’s constitution. Thirteen seems a lot, but...

9/12/2018

article Carey Theil: Dog racers gaslight while greyhounds continue to die
(Florida) -- In light of a recent industry guest column regarding state gambling data, voters should ask themselves whether they can believe anything the greyhound...

9/9/2018

article Destin Council approves gambling ban
(Florida) -- The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that prohibits most types of gambling in the city. The ban took effect last Wednesday, immediately...

9/7/2018

article Off to the races: Supreme Court clears dog racing-ban for ballot
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban betting on live greyhound racing back on the ballot,...

9/5/2018

article Florida Administrative Court Judge Allows Calder Race Course to Keep Slot-Machine Operating
(Florida) -- Yesterday, an administrative law judge ruled against thoroughbred trainers and breeders by supporting the decision of Florida gambling regulators, under...

9/4/2018

article Judge rejects challenge to racetrack slots license
(Florida) -- Ruling against thoroughbred breeders and trainers, an administrative law judge Tuesday backed up a decision by Florida gambling regulators to allow Calder...
article 10 Casinos You Can Gamble at in South Florida
(Florida) -- Seminole Coconut Creek Casino is South Florida slots players’ best spot for Class III or Vegas-style slot machines. Now the operation has 1500 Las...

9/3/2018

article Florida voters support casino amendment
(Florida) -- Approximately 71% of Florida voters would support Amendment 3, which would require voter approval of casino gambling decisions, according to a new poll. The...

9/2/2018

article Florida court of appeal upholds ruling that Blue Sky Games are slot machines
(Florida) -- The Florida First District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that two games of chance installed by Gator Coin at adult businesses are indeed slot...
article Poll Shows Florida Voters Want Gaming Control, Gubernatorial Candidates Mixed on Casino Amendment
(Florida) -- A new poll shows that Florida voters overwhelmingly support stripping the state legislature of its power to dictate the future gaming industry. Voters in...

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