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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 overwhelmingly to end greyhound racing in the state by Jan. 1, 2021.

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5/26/2020

article Victory gambling ship to resume sailing Thursday from Port Canaveral after coronavirus gap
(Florida) -- The Port Canaveral-based Victory 1 gambling ship is scheduled to begin sailing again Thursday, after being idled since March 15 because of the coronavirus...

5/23/2020

article The buffet in the age of coronavirus: South Florida’s all-you-can-eats fold or adapt
(Florida) -- Will coronavirus kill the buffet? Already a number of South Florida staples, like Sweet Tomatoes and the Farmer’s Pick Buffet at the Isle Casino, seem...

5/18/2020

article South Florida casinos preparing to reopen with new safety measures in place
(Florida) -- The first phase of Florida's reopening plan kicked off on Monday, allowing some non-essential businesses to open their doors once again. Most local...

5/15/2020

article SEE IT: Florida casino floats plexiglass poker table design amid coronavirus
(Florida) -- A Florida casino is betting a new partitioned poker table design can keep gamblers safe and get business rolling again amid the coronavirus pandemic....

5/14/2020

article Florida Casinos Want To Reopen Soon & Here's How Things Will Be Different
(Florida) -- All across the Sunshine State, businesses are striving to return to a sense of normalcy. Doing so has taken time, care, and adjustments. Orlando’s...

5/13/2020

article Florida coronavirus cases surge to nearly 42,000 as Miami-Dade death toll passes 500
(Florida) -- Florida’s Department of Health on Tuesday morning confirmed 941 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total of confirmed cases to nearly 42,000....
article Hard Rock may reopen Florida casinos as coronavirus lockdowns ease
(Florida) -- Hard Rock International may reopen some Florida casinos with new coronavirus safety measures as soon as the end of May as the U.S. gradually lifts lockdowns...

5/8/2020

article Dogs are running again at Derby Lane, but no one is there to cheer
(Florida) -- Harrison Hare, the mechanical lure, whizzed by, the starting box flew open and the dogs were running again Friday at Derby Lane, much as they have the past...

4/12/2020

article A horse racing bettor turns 50-cent Pick 5 into more than $500,000
(Florida) -- With nearly all of the sports leagues in North America shut down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, sports betting has come to a halt. But, horse...

4/2/2020

article Horse Racing to Continue in Florida After Gov. DeSantis Issues Stay Home Order to Curb COVID-19 Spread
(Florida) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order for residents as the Sunshine State tries to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. One business...

3/29/2020

article COLUMN: Tiz the Law wins ghost race Florida Derby with no fans, no cheering amid pandemic
(Florida) -- It was something nearly unseen in the surreal spring of 2020, in the midst of a raging, global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: a major live sporting event,...
article The Heavy Favorite At A Horse Race In Tampa Bucked Its Jockey And Ran Away
(Florida) -- There isn’t much in the way of sports happening right now as the COVID-19 outbreak has put a halt to most all sports leagues as they attempt to...

3/26/2020

article Auto Mogul Norman Braman Again Sues to Stop Miami Casino But Without Mayor as Plaintiff
(Florida) -- Miami auto mogul and fervent casino opponent Norman Braman filed a new lawsuit to stop a gambling project in the city’s trendy Edgewater neighborhood...

3/23/2020

article Florida Restaurant Dining Banned by Governor; Casinos Closed
(Florida) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned all onsite dining at restaurants statewide Friday and the Seminole Tribe closed its casinos, the latest virus -related...
article A Message from the Florida Lottery
(Florida) -- The Florida Lottery is continuing to actively monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is taking every precaution to help keep our employees,...

3/21/2020

article Florida Derby Purse Reduced From $1 Million to $750,000
(Florida) -- Citing casino closings and the absence of on-track handle, Gulfstream Park announced March 21 that the purse of the March 28 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) will...

3/20/2020

article Sun Sets On Legislative Session Without Florida Sports Betting Deal
(Florida) -- Another legislative session ended last week without a deal to legalize Florida sports betting. Despite the usual chatter about behind-the-scene negotiations...

3/19/2020

article Some Florida casinos have closed over coronavirus, but the cash is still flowing at two
(Florida) -- Some South Florida casinos have gone dark, by choice or order, in the social distancing era of coronavirus-spread prevention. But Seminole Hard Rock’...

3/18/2020

article Game on? It depends on the gambling venue
(Florida) -- Amid mandatory nightclub closures and voluntary restaurant shutdowns, gamblers across Florida face a patchwork of options if they want to place bets in a...
article Dog racing fans in Bonita Springs said nothing will keep them away amid pandemic
(Florida) -- Despite Las Vegas Casinos closing down due to the threat of spreading coronavirus in crowds, local casinos and other gambling sites are still open. At the...

3/16/2020

article Most casinos in South Florida refuse to close during COVID-19 pandemic
(Florida) -- With territorial sovereignty, even if the government ordered The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood to close, management wouldn’t have...
article South Florida casino to suspend gaming due to coronavirus fears
(Florida) -- A South Florida casino is voluntarily suspending gaming for two weeks as public health officials recommend canceling large gatherings to stop the spread of...

3/7/2020

article Road to Kentucky Derby 2020 Makes Stops at Tampa Bay Downs, Aqueduct and Santa Anita on Saturday
(Florida) -- The winners of the Grade III Gotham Stakes at New York’s Aqueduct, the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs, and the Grade II San Felipe Stakes...

2/28/2020

article Florida Takes Hit On Attorney Fees In Gambling Case
(Florida) -- An appeals court on Friday sided with pari-mutuel cardroom operators in a challenge over attorney fees, in a decision that could leave the state on the hook...

2/25/2020

article Florida general fund losing $350 million a year in gambling revenue; could sports betting hold the answer?
(Florida) -- For more than a year, the state of Florida has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in shared gambling revenue. Now lawmakers are going all in trying to...

2/21/2020

article Mayor blocks deal to bring jai alai and poker room to Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood
(Florida) -- Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has vetoed a lawsuit settlement that would allow a jai alai fronton and poker room in Edgewater — a plan one of the mayor...

2/20/2020

article Florida governor hopes ‘we can get something done’ on gambling
(Florida) -- House and Senate leaders appear unable to reach agreement on a sweeping gambling deal, but Gov. Ron DeSantis hasn’t thrown in the towel. For the...

2/16/2020

article Florida pushes gambling initiative despite Seminole absence
(Florida) -- Florida State House and Senate leaders continue to discuss gambling legislation that will open the door to sports betting. However, these meetings are going...

2/13/2020

article Don’t gamble on sportsbooks coming to Florida this year
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are having about as much success advancing sports gambling legislation as the Miami Dolphins had moving the football this past NFL season...

2/12/2020

article Insiders Say no go on Florida Sports Betting This Year
(Florida) -- Sports betting isn’t likely to make much, if any headway in Florida this year, according to state political insiders with connections in Tallahassee....

2/7/2020

article Florida may keep college athletes from profiting off strip clubs, breweries and casinos
(Florida) -- Strip clubs, casinos, breweries and cigarette makers could be benched from a proposal that would let Florida college athletes market themselves off the...

2/3/2020

article Sports Betting In The Sunshine Economy
(Florida) -- Daniel Wallach says he is not a sports gambler and hasn't been for decades. "The one and only time in my life I've wagered on sports was in...

1/31/2020

article Billions Will Be Bet On Super Bowl 54, But Not In Florida
(Florida) -- South Florida is an oasis of gambling. But it’s a desert of sports betting — even though it’s hosting Super Bowl 54, the biggest sports...

1/30/2020

article 2020 Vision: Florida Sports Betting Chances Looking Swampy Once Again
(Florida) -- Florida Rep. David Santiago walked to the microphone in an aisle at the National Council of Legislators for Gaming States conference earlier this month and...

1/28/2020

article Point spreads and politics: Could sports gambling become legal in Florida?
(Florida) -- As Florida gets ready for Super Bowl 54 in Miami this weekend and Super Bowl 55 in Tampa next year, it’s hard to ignore one big (and controversial)...

1/27/2020

article Legislative wild card would authorize sports betting in Florida
(Florida) -- It may be the ultimate legislative session wild card, but House and Senate leaders confirmed Monday they are engaged in an effort to reach a deal with the...
article Florida House looks again at lottery ticket warning
(Florida) -- After similar proposals were vetoed twice in recent years, House leaders are again trying to slap a warning on lottery tickets, while also seeking to...

1/6/2020

article Florida may have caught a break in the sports gambling fight
(Florida) -- In 2018, Florida voters took to the polls and took control over gaming expansion in the state. Amendment 3 gave residents the final decision on any measure...

1/5/2020

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: 8 Reasons Why the Florida Constitutional Amendment on “Casino Gambling” Does Not Bar the Legislative Authorization of Sports Betting
(Florida) -- The debate over the legalization of sports betting in Florida intensifies next week when the Florida Legislature kicks off its 60-day legislative session....

12/31/2019

article EDITORIAL: Sports betting bill a bad bet for Florida
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate is pushing a bill to legalize sports betting statewide. It would allow instant wagering on smartphones, make betting kiosks as common as...

12/26/2019

article Push is on to legalize sports betting in Florida in 2020
(Florida) -- Picture a future where you settle in with a beer, a ballgame and a bet that can be made legally with the click of a button. If you’re watching a...

12/20/2019

article Florida Senator wants to legalize online sports betting
(Florida) -- Sports betting is an estimated multi-billion dollar illegal industry in the United States. Florida Senator, Jeff Brandes, wants to change that here in the...

12/17/2019

article Is Retail And Online Sports Betting Coming To Florida In 2020?
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate put sports betting on the 2020 calendar after it referred a sports betting bill (SB 968) introduced by Senator Jeff Brandes to a trio of...

12/16/2019

article Florida sports betting bills secure committee referral
(Florida) -- Florida’s sports betting bills are set for committee hearings in the new year following referral by the Senate on Friday. The Senate considered three...

12/4/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: Rolling the Dice: Florida Sports Betting and Gambling
(Florida) -- In Murray v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision paved the way for states to enact sports gambling...
article A $14.6 Million Winning Lottery Ticket Just Went Unclaimed — Here's Where the Money Will Go Now
(Arizona) -- The ticket with the winning numbers (4, 14, 22, 24, 28 and 43) was sold about 18 miles west of downtown Phoenix, at a Circle K store in Goodyear, Arizona.

11/26/2019

article Could There Be Another Potential Path To Florida Sports Betting?
(Florida) -- Sports betting in Florida is without question a complicated issue. Any attempted expansion of gambling likely needs backing from the Seminole tribe, which...

11/25/2019

article New Casino Miami racebook offers William Hill US potential entry if Florida legalizes sports betting
(Florida) -- The legalization of sports betting is far from a sure thing in Florida, but sportsbook operator William Hill US is staking its claim to the potential market...

11/22/2019

article Bill would make sports gambling legal in Florida
(Florida) -- Imagine going to a Rays or Bucs game and being able to legally bet on who will win right in the ballpark. A bill proposed by Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Pete...

11/20/2019

article Brandes betting Florida sports gaming bills are constitutional under Amendment 3
(Florida) -- State lawmakers nationwide are trying to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association that...
article Florida proposal would allow sports betting online and at kiosks
(Florida) -- Brandes’ proposal would allow players over the age of 21 who are physically present in the state to bet on professional and collegiate sport and...
article Florida State Senator Introduces Sports Betting Legislation
(Florida) -- A longtime proponent of bringing sports betting to Florida, state Senator Jeff Brandes is putting his money where his mouth is by introducing SB 968, a...

11/19/2019

article Gambling critic John Sowinski says Jeff Brandes’ latest sports betting bill violates state constitution
(Florida) -- A key player in the debate over gambling in Florida claims a bill filed this week violates the state constitution. At issue is a bill Sen. Jeff Brandes...

11/18/2019

article Brandes Files Sports Betting Legislation in Florida, Could be Considered by Lawmakers in 2020
(Florida) -- State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-FL) filed a sports betting bill today, potentially paving the way for the third-largest US state to consider permitting the...
article Florida sports betting bill a non-starter without Seminole approval
(Florida) -- Florida’s sports bettors are celebrating a new push to legalize wagering in the state, although the bill’s apparent attempt to ignore local...
article Florida Sports Betting Bills Pop Up For 2020; State Lottery Would Be In Charge
(Florida) -- Florida will take a crack at legalizing sports betting via the state’s lottery, in bills filed in the state legislature on Monday. But its prospects...

11/17/2019

article “We’re still here.” Indigenous Actor and Activist Martin Sensmeier Visits FSU
(Maryland) -- On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Indigenous actor and activist Martin Sensmeier visited Frostburg State University (FSU). After leaving behind the sunshine in L.A.,...

11/16/2019

article “Falls at Gulfstream” Apartments, Hotel, Coming To Hallandale Beach
(Florida) -- The Taplin Development Corporation, led by noted Florida real estate developer, Jack Taplin, has received approval to construct a Class A mixed-use...

11/6/2019

article Florida Asks Federal Judge to Toss Legal Challenge to State Greyhound Racing Ban
(Florida) -- Florida’s DeSantis administration has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on greyhound racing, arguing that “...

10/14/2019

article Florida leaders could change course on gambling
(Florida) -- After the loss of roughly $350 million a year in payments from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, House and Senate leaders are rethinking the state's approach...

10/9/2019

article No more delay on ‘simulated gambling’ ban, Jacksonville City Council decides
(Florida) -- A bill passed Tuesday night eliminates a six-month enforcement delay on a law banning casino-style devices used in many video cafes. The city calls the...

10/2/2019

article Is fantasy sports betting all that Florida’s online gambling scene will see?
(Florida) -- If you’re a wannabe gambler in the US state of Florida, you’ll likely be spending a lot of your time at the moment on fantasy sports betting...

10/1/2019

article Internet cafes file lawsuit against city over ordinance that intends to shut them down
(Florida) -- Owners of three Jacksonville internet cafes filed a lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that calls simulated gambling at their establishments a public...

9/30/2019

article Florida court approves local casino to drop horses, add jai alai
(Florida) -- A casino in South Florida has found a friend in the courts, but an enemy in the horseracing industry. Calder Casino wanted to drop horse races in favor of...

9/26/2019

article Florida Court Ruling On Slots License Could End Horse Racing At Calder
(Florida) -- Churchill Downs Inc. moved one step closer to getting out of the horse racing business in Florida after an appeals court ruled the company could use its...

9/25/2019

article State Appeals Court Sides With Calder On Slot Machine Issue
(Florida) -- A state appeals court Wednesday said Miami-Dade County’s Calder Race Course can continue operating slot machines if it discontinues horse racing and...

9/18/2019

article Magic City Casino lawsuit against the City of Miami to move forward
(Florida) -- A controversial plan to offer more gambling options in Miami fell apart this past April when the city suddenly decided to rewrite its zoning codes. That...

9/11/2019

article Cordish Companies, partner plan huge redevelopment of casino and horse racing track
(Florida) -- Pompano Beach city commissioners granted the first approval to a land-use change that would more than triple the maximum number of residential units on the...

9/5/2019

article The Legality of Gambling in Florida – Opinion
(Florida) -- Generally, gambling is legal based on US Federal Law. However, there are still restrictions depending on each state as they are free to regulate or not...
article Magic City Casino's the Jai Isn't Your Abuelo's Jai Alai
(Florida) -- The millennial-ification of jai alai has begun at Magic City Casino. In an effort to draw a younger audience, the Little Havana casino has launched special...

8/26/2019

article Why Football Fans Will Have To Keep Waiting For Sports Betting In FL
(Florida) -- On Saturday, football fans from across the country tuned in to watch the Sunshine Showdown featuring the Miami Hurricanes against the Florida Gators....

8/22/2019

article Chances of a Florida recession are on the rise, chamber economist says
(Florida) -- The probability that Florida’s $1 trillion economy will lapse into recession has risen substantially since the spring, the chief economist for the...

8/5/2019

article Kennel owner sues state of Florida over greyhound racing ban
(Florida) -- Alleging an unconstitutional “taking” of property, a Pinellas County greyhound-kennel owner has filed a lawsuit against the state because of a...

8/1/2019

article What we know about Isle Casino’s massive expansion — including a new Tri-Rail station
(Florida) -- When the massive overhaul of the Isle Casino eventually takes shape, many of the gamblers, shoppers, office workers and residents who will visit and live...

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...

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