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Seminole Tribe, Disney Put $1.5 Million Into Bet Against Gambling Expansion

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services spent $1.55 million in October to back a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in the state, according to a newly filed finance report.

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2/20/2018

article Florida Gambling Deal Appears ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Analyst Says [sub req]
(Florida) -- A veteran observer of the negotiations between the state legislature and the Seminole Tribe of Florida does not expect a deal to be reached on a package of...
article José Oliva’s hopes for gambling resolution plummet
(Florida) -- House Speaker-designate José Oliva on Tuesday didn’t quite put the nail in the coffin for a gambling bill this Session—but he’s holding...

2/16/2018

article Lawmakers In ‘Early Stages’ of Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session. House Speaker-Designate Jose Oliva says even as the...

2/15/2018

article Lawmakers In ‘Early Stages’ of Gambling Talks
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are continuing a push to get gambling legislation passed this legislative session. House Speaker-Designate Jose Oliva says even as the...

2/13/2018

article Want More Florida Casino Insight? Ask North Florida Players
(Florida) -- However the Legislature decides to reshape Florida's gaming landscape between now and the end of March, one thing is certain. Mississippi wins. So does...
article Fontainebleau Owner Now Aggressively Pursuing Casino License, Could Help Resorts World
(Florida) -- This may finally be the year that gambling expansion makes it through the Florida legislature. According to the Herald, Fontainebleau owner Jeffrey Soffer...

2/12/2018

article Double or nothing? Senate gambling bill clears latest panel
(Florida) -- Sen. Travis Hutson says he believes “there’s a way for us to get there” when asked about gambling legislation finally passing the...
article Lawmakers Get Revenue Boost Ahead of Budget Talks
(Florida) -- A surge in hurricane-recovery building and a change in the way the state collects gambling payments from the Seminole Tribe will give lawmakers a little...
article New gambling legislation introduced in Florida
(Florida) -- The uncertainty regarding the future shape of gambling in Florida reportedly took another turn late last week after a local Republican lawmaker filed...
article Senate continues looking for gambling deal
(Florida) -- A key player in negotiations between the Legislature and the Seminole Tribe said he expects “significant progress” on a potential gambling deal...

2/10/2018

article Florida's Horseracing Industry Should Get a Boost from Chase Credit Card Risk
(Florida) -- Folks who play fantasy sports have been able use their credit cards to do it. Not so, for horseplayers who want to bet on the ponies online. Card...

2/7/2018

article OP/ED: Maybe it’s time for the Seminole Tribe to make a deal
(Florida) -- Let me offer some short, free and subtle (ahem) advice to our friends, The Seminole Tribe of Florida. Go easy. Our man in Tallahassee, Jim Rosica, reported...

2/5/2018

article Consider Gambling Compact Discussions Officially Reopened
(Florida) -- Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, a long-time gambling expansion supporter, and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met Thursday with Seminole Gaming...

2/3/2018

article Legislative Leaders, Tribe Officials Discuss Gambling
(Florida) -- Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano and incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva met with leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as lawmakers attempt to craft...

1/31/2018

article Florida Lawmakers Put Hopes on New Comprehensive Gambling Bill Attempt
(Florida) -- The Republican-majority Florida Legislature is making another attempt to pass a comprehensive gambling bill after previous deals have fallen apart in the...
article Florida Legislature Introduces Two Competing Gambling Bills, More Stalemate Expected
(Florida) -- The Florida Legislature has been trying to determine its gambling future since the powerful Seminole Tribe’s compact expired in 2015. Two new...

1/30/2018

article Competing gambling proposals in play
(Florida) -- Lawmakers’ attempts to reach consensus on sweeping gambling proposals have been perennially fruitless endeavors, with industry players seeking not...
article Florida kicks off two months of gambling legislative squabbling
(Florida) -- Call us crazy, but we think we’ve figured out a way to make Florida’s annual gambling legislation derby a whole lot more entertaining. Two weeks...
article House panel clears gambling bill—with winners and losers
(Florida) -- A key committee Tuesday moved along this year’s House gambling bill, but the fractures on the committee echoed those among the state’s gambling...
article The House Gambling Plan Is Out Of The Gate
(Florida) -- Lawmakers in the Florida House held a first round of discussions on their gambling legislation Tuesday. The measure takes a hard line against any moves that...
article This proposal would freeze gambling expansion in Florida. What are the odds it passes?
(Florida) -- The Florida House revived legislation Tuesday to prevent any expansion of gambling in Florida for the next 20 years, force the shutdown of some card games,...

1/29/2018

article Judge backs state in dispute over gambling legal fees
(Florida) -- The state won’t have pay up to $450,000 to lawyers representing nine cardroom operators in a battle about controversial “designated player...

1/26/2018

article Casinos and voting rights: Florida voters get to make the call this fall
(Florida) -- It’s now official: Floridians will be asked to vote on two hot topics this fall — casino gambling and voting rights. Both efforts to amend the...

1/25/2018

article Lane: An amendment-filled ballot is coming up
(Florida) -- It’s just wouldn’t be a Florida general election without a constitutional amendment or two (or three or four or 58) on the ballot. And here we...
article ‘Risky money’: Gambling dollars unlikely to repeat, forecasters say
(Florida) -- State government can’t count on continued money from Seminole Tribe of Florida casinos, a roundtable of state economists decided Thursday. After...
article Gambling expansion could go to voters
(Florida) -- Facing the prospect of a constitutional amendment that could put control of future gambling expansion in the hands of voters, legislative leaders are...

1/24/2018

article Lawsuit filed by passenger in Tropical Breeze casino boat fire
(Florida) -- Many more lawsuits are likely to follow in the wake of the incident that forced 50 people to abandon ship and led to the death of one passenger.

1/23/2018

article Gambling gets another look as ballot measure looms
(Florida) -- Facing the prospect of a constitutional amendment that could put control of future gambling expansion in the hands of voters, legislative leaders are...
article Richard Corcoran: No predictions on gambling legislation this year
(Florida) -- House Speaker Richard Corcoran won’t give an over-under for chances of success for comprehensive gambling legislation this Session. When asked at a...
article Poker players return to Mardi Gras after months-long storm cleanup
(Florida) -- They came back. When Hurricane Irma broke through the roof and flooded everything at Mardi Gras Casino on Sept. 10, gambling industry experts suggested that...

1/22/2018

article Gambling Issue Will Be On Florida Ballot
(Florida) -- Voters In Charge has collected enough valid signatures to place the Voter Control of Gambling in Florida initiative on the November ballot, state election...

1/21/2018

article Cotterell: Casino amendment shows flaws in petition proposals
(Florida) -- Amendment 3 on Florida’s November election ballot purports to assure “Voter Control of Gambling,” but it does a bit more than that. If...

1/20/2018

article Cotterell: Casino amendment shows flaws in petition proposals
(Florida) -- Amendment 3 on Florida’s November election ballot purports to assure “Voter Control of Gambling,” but it does a bit more than that. If...

1/19/2018

article Amendment 3 would give voters the decision on gambling
(Florida) -- Florida voters are about to be handed a big decision in November. They must decide whether they should get the final say on any casino-style gambling.

1/18/2018

article Anti-gambling measure bankrolled by Disney goes on Florida ballot
(Florida) -- Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will...
article Florida Voters Will Decide Future Of Casinos
(Florida) -- Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State. State election officials on Wednesday certified that a proposed...
article Power to the People: Florida Voters to Decide Whether They Want to Rule State’s Gambling Future
(Florida) -- In November, Florida voters will be asked through a constitutional ballot referendum if they want the power to dictate the future of gambling in the...

1/17/2018

article Anti-gambling amendment headed to 2018 ballot
(Florida) -- Voters in November might get the chance to make all future decisions about expanding gambling in Florida. A proposed constitutional amendment says voters...
article Anti-Gambling Measure To Go On November Ballot
(Florida) -- Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will...
article Florida voters will decide future of casinos in state
(Florida) -- Florida voters are going to have a say over the future of gambling in the Sunshine State. State election officials on Wednesday certified that a proposed...
article Gambling amendment wins enough signatures for ballot
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling’s expansion in the state now has enough signatures to be placed on the 2018 ballot.
article Casino company set to sail again Thursday after deadly boat fire
(Florida) -- Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz said it plans to reopen on Thursday and resume shuttling passengers back out to its gambling vessel in the Gulf of Mexico three...

1/16/2018

article Florida watchdog proposes new ways to grow lottery sales, boost education funding
(Florida) -- The Florida Lottery transferred less money to public education last year, as fewer tickets were sold for big jackpot games, and more people bought scratch-...
article Casino boat operator in fatal fire had maintenance, safety issues before earlier blaze
(Florida) -- The casino boat operator whose shuttle caught fire Sunday, leaving one passenger dead, says it does not know what could have caused the blaze.

1/14/2018

article 50 people forced to jump ship after casino shuttle boat catches fire
(Florida) -- Dozens of people on a casino shuttle boat were forced to jump overboard and swim to shore after the watercraft caught on fire off the Florida coast,...
article Boat Catches Fire While Carrying Dozens to Floating Casino Off Florida
(Florida) -- A shuttle boat carrying 50 people to a casino boat off Florida’s gulf coast caught fire on Sunday afternoon, forcing passengers to jump overboard to...

1/12/2018

article Push to allow Fla. residents to vote on gambling expansion 41k signatures short
(Florida) -- In Florida, the push towards allowing residents to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to decide on future gambling expansion is about 41,000...
article Fontainebleau owner Jeff Soffer buying Mardi Gras casino
(Florida) -- Real estate mogul Jeffrey Soffer is in talks to purchase the Mardi Gras Casino and Race Track in Hallandale Beach, adding the gambling destination to a...

1/9/2018

article Florida Gambling Amendment Likely to Reach Ballot in November
(Florida) -- Groups attempting to push a constitutional amendment to give voters control over gambling expansion in Florida have nearly collected enough signatures to...
article Florida Lawmakers Likely To Ignore Gambling Expansion This Year [sub req]
(Florida) -- Despite being on the cusp of passing landmark gambling reform legislation in 2015 and 2016, the Florida legislature opens a new session on Tuesday with...
article Florida’s Constitutional Amendment Ballot Backed by 725,942 Valid Signatures So Far
(Florida) -- Voter Control of Gambling in Florida is about 41,000 signatures short of making the November ballot only three weeks before the deadline of February 1st....
article LANE: The state of state lawmakers is election-focused
(Florida) -- A kinder, gentler outgoing governor addressed an unsympathetic House and a scandal-troubled Senate. Gov. Rick Scott delivered his final State of the State...

1/8/2018

article Gambling amendment crosses 725K valid signatures
(Florida) -- The proposed constitutional amendment to let Florida voters decide on future gambling expansion is about 41,000 signatures shy of making the November ballot...

1/4/2018

article North Florida Lawmaker Slot Machine Referendum Push Faces Long Odds
(Florida) -- One Florida state legislator believes slot machines can be placed in one of his district’s racetracks, and introduced a bill proposing such on...

1/3/2018

article Editorial: Tighten leash on greyhound racing in Florida
(Florida) -- When it comes to greyhound racing, Florida is leading a shrinking pack. Forty states have banned dog racing. Nationwide, 18 dog tracks are operating in just...
article Jackpots hit, celebrities play at South Florida casinos
(Florida) -- South Florida casinos paid out some huge slots jackpots in December. On Dec. 30, a Miami Beach man won $233,572.25 off a $100 bet at Seminole Classic Casino...

1/2/2018

article Bill would pave way for slot machines in north Florida
(Florida) -- A north Florida lawmaker has filed legislation to again allow Gadsden County to hold a “countywide referendum” on authorizing slot machine...

12/30/2017

article Florida gambling regulators issue emergency rule for greyhound drug testing
(Florida) -- State gambling regulators Friday published an emergency rule for drug testing of racing greyhounds, a week after an administrative law judge rejected...

12/28/2017

article Gambling amendment tops 671,000 signatures
(Florida) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida have submitted 50,000 valid petition signatures...
article Gaming Money Battles: Which States Fought It Out with Operators, and Who Won In 2017
(USA) -- Florida spectacularly failed to seal the deal with the powerful Seminole tribe on what would’ve been the biggest tribal casino revenue sharing deal in the...

12/27/2017

article REVIEW: Bush arrested at casino, but ultimately not charged
(Florida) -- The eyes of Cayman fell upon a foreign shore in July, when McKeeva Bush was arrested at a south Florida casino. Mr. Bush, the Cayman Islands Speaker of the...
article New Year's Eve parties at South Florida casinos
(Florida) -- South Florida casinos will remain open around the clock on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and all of them have added festivities, even if it...

12/26/2017

article Hurricane Irma rattled casinos, but other events made for a stormy year
(Florida) -- Yes, Hurricane Irma rattled the South Florida casino world, but there were plenty of turbulent winds before and after that, too. Here are my top five South...

12/25/2017

article Florida Gambling Battles in 2017: Not All Sunshine By Any Means
(Florida) -- The Florida gambling landscape witnessed two major political power struggles in 2017. The first was between the State and the influential Seminole tribe;...

12/24/2017

article Judge rules against state on greyhound drug testing
(Florida) -- Ruling in favor of two trainers suspended by the state after their dogs tested positive for cocaine, an administrative law judge on Friday said Florida...

12/23/2017

article Report: Florida Judge Sides With Coke Dogs, Against Regulators
(Florida) -- A judge in Florida this week ruled that testing protocols used by Florida gambling regulators to nab racing greyhounds competing on the state’s race...

12/22/2017

article Gambling, felon rights initiatives top 600K signatures
(Florida) -- The political committee Voters In Charge, which is spearheading the gambling measure, had submitted 621,763 valid signatures as of early Thursday afternoon...
article Judge Rules Against State In Orange Park Greyhound Racing Drug Testing
(Florida) -- Ruling in favor of two trainers suspended by the state after their dogs tested positive for cocaine, an administrative law judge on Friday said Florida...
article Judge strikes down Florida’s racing-dog drug testing program
(Florida) -- An administrative law judge has struck down the state’s greyhound drug testing program, according to an order released Friday. Judge Lawrence P....

12/19/2017

article Florida Faces Massive Expenses Following Designated-Player Games Dispute
(Florida) -- Florida is on the brink of incurring massive legal expenses to the amount of $450,000 after a judge sided with nine operators of card rooms in Miami,...

12/18/2017

article Florida gaming ruling could put big legal expenses on state
(Florida) -- The state could be on the hook for $450,000 in legal fees after a judge sided with card-room operators in a dispute over controversial “designated...

12/15/2017

article Seminole Tribe Of Florida Sues Electronic Parlor Operators (sub req)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida have turned their attention from daily fantasy sports (DFS) to electronic gambling parlors (EGPs), filing a lawsuit against...

12/14/2017

article I-TEAM discovers why Seminole Tribe only suing internet cafes in Jacksonville
(Florida) -- The I-TEAM has learned more about why the Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a lawsuit against numerous internet cafes in Jacksonville, asking a judge to...
article Florida’s Seminole Tribe Sues to Shut Down 11 Jacksonville Electronic Gambling Parlors
(Florida) -- The Florida Seminole Tribe has waited long enough for the state to act and decided to pursue legal action against 11 Jacksonville Internet cafes that they...
article Gambling regulators dealt blow in license dispute
(Florida) -- Gambling regulators were wrong to try to take back a South Florida jai alai license they claimed was issued by mistake, an administrative law judge ruled...
article Jai-alai ruling is a win for permit owners
(Florida) -- Gambling regulators were wrong to try to take back a South Florida jai-alai license they claimed was issued by mistake, an administrative law judge ruled...
article Seminole Tribe drags Jacksonville electronic gambling parlor operators to court
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida has lodged a string of anti-trust cases against the operators and landlords of electronic gambling parlors (EGPs) for...

12/13/2017

article Pam Bondi explains why she won’t endorse dog racing ban
(Florida) -- Attorney General Pam Bondi finally explained why she won’t publicly support a proposed ban on greyhound racing in Florida or any other constitutional...
article Vice: Gambling in Florida
(Florida) -- Gambling is as synonymous with Florida as are oranges and beaches. Floridians were betting the horses here when Ralph Waldo Emerson visited nearly two...

12/12/2017

article Disney sinks another $1 million into gambling initiative
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services contributed an additional $1 million in November to a ballot initiative that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida,...
article Petition seeks change in Florida gaming law
(Florida) -- The political committee Voters In Charge, in its efforts to significantly alter the way in which Florida gambling laws are conceived, has now submitted 523,...

12/11/2017

article Ante up: State to workshop new rules for card games
(Florida) -- Gambling regulators plan to “update and clarify existing language” in the state’s rules on card games, according to an administrative...

12/9/2017

article Gambling amendment tops 500,000 signatures
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at making it harder to expand gambling in Florida continues to move closer to the 2018 ballot. The political...

12/3/2017

article Floridians Could Decide Future of Poker, Greyhound Racing in the State
(Florida) -- As debate regarding the industry rages on, a proposed constitutional amendment could put the decision on the future of greyhound racing – and, by...

11/29/2017

article Damaged by Hurricane Irma, Mardi Gras Casino reopening in Hallandale Beach
(Florida) -- “Yes, it’s true!” Cathy Reside says. Mardi Gras Casino is reopening this week, after being damaged by Hurricane Irma in September. At...

11/27/2017

article Signature count for gambling ballot initiative in FL grows; Seminole Tribe & Disney ante up
(Florida) -- An amendment that would give Florida voters the power to limit gambling expansion in the state has surpassed 400,000 petition signatures, according to The...

11/22/2017

article Gambling ballot initiative tops 400K signatures
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida has topped 400,000 petition signatures, while another proposal...
article State Rep. Cortes: Seminole voters should decide card rooms at dog track
(Florida) -- If the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club — which has long offered live greyhound racing at its Longwood facility — wanted to add card rooms or poker...

11/20/2017

article Seminole Tribe, Disney Pour Money Into Gambling Initiative
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services spent $1.55 million in October to back a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it...

11/16/2017

article South Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino eyes Dec. 1 for partial reopening
(Florida) -- Mardi Gras Casino is eyeing Dec. 1 for reviving its poker and pari-mutuel wagering rooms, as well as dog racing. President Dan Adkins said this week that...

11/15/2017

article Disney and Seminoles Team Up to Fund Anti-Casino Expansion Efforts in Florida
(Florida) -- The powerful Seminole Tribe of Florida, which is owner and operator of seven of the state’s eight tribal casinos, and the the Walt Disney Company,...
article Seminole tribe bets against casinos
(Florida) -- An official statement has revealed that the Seminole Native Tribe of Florida State is lobbying against gaming expansion as legislators are debating...

11/14/2017

article Seminole Tribe Backs Anti-Gambling Legislation Amendment in Florida
(Florida) -- The Florida Seminole Tribe is to provide its support for an anti-gambling legislation amendment on the upcoming year’s ballot. According to campaign...
article Seminole Tribe, Disney Put $1.5 Million Into Bet Against Gambling Expansion
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services spent $1.55 million in October to back a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it...

11/13/2017

article Seminole Tribe puts $1 million to help anti-casino measure
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is getting behind a push to put an anti-gambling amendment on next year's ballot. Newly filed campaign finance records...
article Eye on 2018: Florida's Constitution will be remade on a lengthy November ballot
(Florida) -- Every 20 years, Floridians are allowed to propose changes to the state constitution that are taken under advisement by the Constitution Revision Commission.

11/12/2017

article Senate gaming bill promises ‘attainable reform’
(Florida) -- The Florida Senate is about to tackle gaming issues again. Sen. Travis Hutson‘s latest bill (SB 840) is less ambitious in scope than previous efforts...

11/6/2017

article State tells pari-mutuels ‘govern yourself’ on controversial card games
(Florida) -- The state’s gambling regulators propose to delegate some of the policing of a contentious card game back to the casinos that offer them. The...

11/1/2017

article Dog racing ban proposed for constitution panel
(Florida) -- A ban on dog racing in Florida and a requirement for two-thirds votes by the Legislature to raise taxes were among new proposals posted Wednesday after...
article The movie ‘Taken’ inspired a $2.5 million donation to fight human trafficking
(Florida) -- The oversized check John Brunetti held during the ceremony at St. Thomas University was inspired, in part, by the movie ‘‘Taken.” Brunetti...

10/29/2017

article Longwood candidates blast political mailer about gambling as 'dirty politics'
(Florida) -- A political mailer sent to thousands of Longwood homes claims that three City Commission candidates support bringing “Las Vegas style” casino...

10/24/2017

article Anti-Gambling Group Confident Of Getting Initiative On Florida Ballot
(Florida) -- A political action committee (PAC) looking to change Florida’s constitution to give voters the final say in any gambling legislation now has more than...

10/23/2017

article Gambling amendment crosses 300K signatures
(Florida) -- A proposed ballot initiative that would give Florida voters the final say in gambling expansion now has more than 300,000 valid signatures according to the...

10/20/2017

article Gambling ballot initiative tops 300K signatures
(Florida) -- Trying to get on the November 2018 ballot, backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida have...

10/16/2017

article Disney reinforces fight against casinos
(Florida) -- Disney company is betting against casino development in Florida, as it was revealed earlier this year. Disney Worldwide Services invested at least US$500k...

10/12/2017

article Disney Wants Voters, Not Politicians, in Charge of Casino Expansion in Florida
(Florida) -- Disney, Florida’s largest employer, is leading the campaign effort to strip state legislators from having the power to decide whether to expand casino...

10/11/2017

article Disney keeps money flowing to anti-gambling amendment
(Florida) -- Disney isn’t a fan of casino gambling coming to the Sunshine State, and the House of Mouse hasn’t shied away from putting its money where its...

10/10/2017

article Disney pumps more money into gambling measure
(Florida) -- With the number of petition signatures continuing to climb, Disney Worldwide Services sunk another $575,000 in September into a proposed constitutional...
article Florida City completes jai-alai requirement — with busted glass and minimal action
(Florida) -- Jai-alai could be on hiatus until May 2019 at Kings Court, the new facility in Florida City, and that might be a good thing for management: Players broke...

10/2/2017

article Gambling amendment now has 600K signatures
(Florida) -- A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling’s expansion in the state now has more than 600,000 signatures, its backers said Monday...

9/27/2017

article Ignoring order, gambling ship rode out Hurricane Irma docked at Port Canaveral
(Florida) -- The U.S. Coast Guard plans to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Victory I gambling ship remaining in Port Canaveral during Hurricane Irma,...

9/21/2017

article Mardi Gras Casino closed indefinitely following Hurricane Irma
(Florida) -- Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, local casinos are back to normal operations. Mardi Gras Casino, however, remains closed. “...

9/20/2017

article Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino Accuses Rival Gulfstream of Looting Players After Hurricane Irma
(Florida) -- As Floridians pull together in a spirit of communal recovery after Hurricane Irma, clean-up efforts have one casino in the state contending its chief...

9/18/2017

article Disney contributes another $600k to restrict Fla. gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services, part of the Disney entertainment empire, contributed another $600,000 in August into a Florida ballot initiative that could make...

9/16/2017

article Disney Pours More Money Into Ant-Gambling Initiative
(Florida) -- Disney Worldwide Services plowed another $600,000 in August into a ballot initiative that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a...

9/14/2017

article With Hurricane Irma Now History, Florida Casinos Offer Locals Somewhere to Cool Off
(Florida) -- With five million southwest Florida residents still without power following the weekend ravages of Hurricane Irma, the state’s casinos may have a new...

9/13/2017

article With Irma gone, most South Florida casinos are ready to roll
(Florida) -- Hurricane Irma was brutal, but the odds of us getting hit were good. I reached out to executives with local casinos to get a sense of the damage at their...
article These Racing Greyhounds Were Left in Irma’s Path
(Florida) -- As if you needed another reason to believe that greyhound racing is unspeakably cruel and inhumane, dogs right in the path of Hurricane Irma were left...

9/12/2017

article SORTAL: When gambling is more than a game: my Hurricane Irma decisions
(Florida) -- Odds. Percentages. Risk vs. reward. Those are things I usually ponder at the poker table, but I employed them in more critical issues in recent days as...

9/8/2017

article Cat 4 Hurricane Irma Threatens to “Devastate” Florida, (Most of) State’s Gambling Industry Battens Down the Hatches
(Florida) -- As superstorm Hurricane Irma continues its deadly path towards Florida, it’s expected to hit the southern tip of the state on by Saturday night in the...

9/7/2017

article Cat 5 Hurricane Irma Bringing 175 MPH Winds, Threatens Devastation to Puerto Rico and Florida Casinos
(Florida) -- Hurricane Irma, which is being deemed the most powerful hurricane ever recorded outside of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, is expected to hit the...
article Hurricane Irma Won’t Stop Florida College Football Games, Despite Impending 185 MPH Wind Warnings
(Florida) -- Hurricane Irma may have all but flattened several Caribbean islands this week with her 185 mile per hour wind gusts, but that’s not enough to shut...
article Gambling ballot initiative tops 200,000 signatures
(Florida) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that could limit the expansion of gambling in Florida have submitted more than 200,000 petition signatures to...

9/6/2017

article Personnel note: Top gambling regulator quits to open own firm
(Florida) -- Anthony Glover, director of the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering (DPMW), resigned his post Tuesday to start a boutique law firm specializing...

9/5/2017

article Court overrules regulators regarding ‘flag drop’ races
(Florida) -- An appellate court on Tuesday unanimously reversed state regulators in favor of a ragtag north Florida horse track looking to become a “first-class (...
article Fla. Justices Won't Rethink Slot Machine Permit Denial [sub req]
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its denial of a slot machine permit for a Native American-operated racetrack, refusing to wade back...
article Sides seek more time in $700M Lottery lawsuit
(Florida) -- The Florida Lottery and the House of Representatives are seeking an extension in which to settle a pending lawsuit over a $700 million contract for new...

9/4/2017

article Push made for Florida Lottery to share proceeds with veterans groups
(Florida) -- Twenty-eight cents of every dollar spent on the Florida Lottery goes to education -- more than $1 billion each year. Veterans groups are now looking to tap...

9/2/2017

article Florida cracks down on “designated player games”
(Florida) -- Officials from Florida’s gaming regulator have launched legal proceedings against two pari-mutuel venues following their alleged failure to remove so...

8/30/2017

article Push made for Florida Lottery to share proceeds with veterans groups
(Florida) -- Twenty-eight cents of every dollar spent on the Florida Lottery goes to education -- more than $1 billion each year. Veterans groups are now looking to tap...

8/29/2017

article Florida goes after cardrooms’ designated-player games
(Florida) -- Two Florida pari-mutuel cardrooms are in hot water with state gaming regulators for continuing to offer ‘designated player’ card games in...
article Florida regulators crack down on pari-mutuel cardrooms
(Florida) -- Gambling authorities in Florida have reportedly taken action to clamp down on pari-mutuel cardrooms. Two such rooms in the Sunshine State in particular have...
article New ideas floated to save retired race horses
(Florida) -- Mandatory fees, help from the state Legislature or even tapping video lottery "racinos" or casinos were all trotted out Tuesday as potential ideas...

8/28/2017

article Pari-Mutuels Targeted over Controversial Games
(Florida) -- Gambling regulators have filed complaints alleging two pari-mutuel cardrooms failed to comply with requirements for “designated player games,”...
article State files illegal card game complaints in Pensacola, Sarasota
(Florida) -- State gambling regulators have filed administrative complaints against two racetracks in recent weeks, alleging that they’ve been offering illegal...
article Fate of gambling expansion in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers can add whatever gambling that gets a majority vote. Proposals earlier this year included a new casino in south Florida and more gambling...
article State alleges illegal card games held at Pensacola Greyhound Track
(Florida) -- State regulators are alleging illegal card games were held at the Pensacola Greyhound Track and Poker Room. The Florida Department of Business and...

8/27/2017

article Ebro greyhound injuries, deaths, up in 2017
(Florida) -- More dogs perished this year in a single month of racing at Ebro Greyhound Park than died during the entire 2016 racing season. A rare “snapshot...

8/25/2017

article A Gambling Tale: The History of Galveston’s Underground Casinos
(Florida) -- Sheriff’s deputies were not invited. They weren’t there for the gambling – they were there to close down the Lucky 7 and R&N game...
article Kriseman holds firm on Manhattan Casino as allies turn on mayor
(Florida) -- After listening to a dozen speakers denounce his decision to allow a Floribbean restaurant to anchor the Manhattan Casino, Mayor Rick Kriseman on Thursday...

8/16/2017

article Disney ups the ante to stop Florida casino expansion efforts
(Florida) -- The Florida Division of Elections website has provided information on campaign donations, with Disney having donated $500,000 to a group working to stop...

8/12/2017

article Disney donates another $500K to initiative to limit gambling expansion
(Florida) -- Disney doubled down on its support for a proposed ballot initiative that would limit gambling expansion in the Sunshine State. Disney cut a $500,000 check...

8/11/2017

article Disney puts another $500K into gambling amendment
(Florida) -- As the proposal's backers collect petition signatures, Disney Worldwide Services has contributed another $500,000 to a ballot initiative that could...

8/10/2017

article Some gaming to remain at Greyhound Park as live racing ends
(Florida) -- Just days before a celebration to mark the 44th anniversary of its opening, owners of Mobile Greyhound Park announced the end of live greyhound racing at...

8/8/2017

article State’s Decision On Miami Dog Track Draws Challenge
(Florida) -- Operators of the Mardi Gras Casino and Racetrack have asked state regulators to back away from a decision that would allow a rival Miami greyhound track to...

8/2/2017

article Magic City Casino gets OK to add jai alai, end dog racing
(Florida) -- Magic City Casino recently received state regulators’ permission to replace its greyhound racing with jai alai. State law says casinos in Miami-Dade...

8/1/2017

article Greyhound group asks state to reverse decoupling decision
(Florida) -- As promised, the Florida Greyhound Association is asking state gambling regulators to “reconsider” their decision to allow Miami’s Magic...

7/25/2017

article Racetrack casino annual revenues tilt slightly upward
(Florida) -- Slot revenues at South Florida racetrack casinos rose by more than 2 percent this fiscal year compared to last, according to figures released this month by...
article South Florida casino given permission to ditch dog racing in favor of jai-alai
(Florida) -- In a first of its kind ruling, Florida gambling regulators have reportedly given casino operator West Flagler Associates Limited permission to close the dog...

7/24/2017

article Horse breeders can challenge divvying up of award money, court says
(Florida) -- Horse breeders have legal standing to “challenge the annual plan for distribution of owners’ and breeders’ awards,” according to a...

7/21/2017

article Florida allows first dog track to ‘decouple’ from racing, keep slots
(Florida) -- Florida has approved a Miami-area dog track’s ‘decoupling’ plan that will see it scrap racing activity while continuing to offer slots and...

7/20/2017

article Florida gambling officials approve ending dog races at Miami track
(Florida) -- Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a...

7/19/2017

article Disney funds Florida anti-gambling initiative
(Florida) -- In the works for several years, Florida’s Voter Control of Gambling amendment has finally surpassed 100,000 signatures according to the state’s...

7/18/2017

article Fighting casinos. Disney wants voters' help ... this time
(Florida) -- Disney hates casinos … like really hates casinos. After all, $10 lost on a hand of blackjack is $10 you can’t spend on a Mickey Mouse-shaped...
article Florida appeals court grapples with two-horse race
(Florida) -- It’s clear gambling regulators weren’t keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a...

7/15/2017

article Cotterell: Casino amendment’s odds seem to be improving
(Florida) -- It’s not like Florida doesn’t already have the nation’s most challenging, high-stakes political year coming up. There’s a toss-up U....

7/14/2017

article Gambling ballot initiative tops 100K signatures
(Florida) -- Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict the expansion of gambling in Florida have submitted more than 100,000 petition signatures...

7/11/2017

article Judge issues ruling that games are slot machines
(Florida) -- Siding with state regulators, a Leon County circuit judge has issued a formal decision finding that certain electronic games offered in bars and other...
article Appeals court remands case involving Treasure Chest Poker, says trial court didn't have jurisdiction
(Florida) -- An appeals court has said a trial court didn't have jurisdiction declaring judgment in a case in which a poker company alleges the Florida Department of...

7/7/2017

article Florida reaches a gambling agreement
(Florida) -- Blackjack offerings in Florida will be regulated under a new agreement between the state’s government and the Seminole Tribe. Representatives of both...

6/30/2017

article Split opinions over lottery game warnings in the state of Florida
(Florida) -- Rick Scott, Florida’s governor, has vetoed legislation that would require lottery games offered in the state to come complete with a warning notice...

6/29/2017

article Warnings for Lottery Games Vetoed by Florida Governor Rick Scott
(Florida) -- Legislation that would have required lottery games in Florida to come with a warning about the potential harm gambling can have on an individual has been...

6/28/2017

article Casino seeks to lower property taxes
(Florida) -- Lakeside Hotel and Casino has filed an appeal with the Clarke County Board of Review to lower the valuation of the facility by $5.4 million dollars. It...

6/20/2017

article Florida Judge Makes Dramatic U-turn on Pre-reveal “Slot” Machines
(Florida) -- A Florida judge had a complete change of heart about the legality of so-called “pre-reveal” gaming machines this week.
article Judge rules pre-reveal game machines as illegal slots
(Florida) -- A Circuit Court Judge reversed his ruling on pre-reveal game machines to reclassify them as illegal slots. The ruling comes after the judge was asked to...

6/16/2017

article Greyhound races are a thing of the past. Here’s why Florida still hasn’t learned that.
(Florida) -- During the third race on a recent sweltering Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a sleek black greyhound named Atascocita Laden broke from the pack early...

6/15/2017

article Brunetti Gambles With Florida City Project
(Florida) -- Back in 2009, John Brunetti Sr. took a risk. He invested in refurbishing a decayed Hialeah Park race track, with the goal of getting a slot license. Today,...

6/10/2017

article Rain delays opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City
(Florida) -- The continuous rain has delayed the opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City. The first jai-alai match was set for Sunday to meet a...

6/7/2017

article Sowinski: Gambling lobbyist finally admits it – casinos prey on customers
(Florida) -- Marc Dunbar is one of Florida’s best-known gambling advocates. When it comes to pushing for more and bigger casinos, he wears the hats of a lawyer,...

6/6/2017

article Florida residents discuss casino expansion
(Florida) -- As casino and gaming expansion in Florida has been paralysed for now, residents have been discussing about the possible implementations of new legislations...
article New jai-alai fronton, poker room set to open in Florida City
(Florida) -- A new pari-mutuel facility opens this month, way down in Florida City, a town of about 12,000 linking south Miami and the Florida Keys. By utilizing a...

6/5/2017

article No Casinos responds to criticism it’s ‘misinformed’ about casino gambling
(Florida) -- The state’s anti-gambling expansion group is pushing back against comments that it’s “misinformed” about casino gambling not being a...
article New deal? Gretna asks court to reconsider slots ruling
(Florida) -- Lawyers for a North Florida racetrack have asked the state’s Supreme Court to rehear argument in a case over whether pari-mutuels can add slot...
article EDITORIAL: Legislature should rewrite gambling rules
(Florida) -- Medical marijuana isn't the only major issue missing from the agenda for this week's special session of the Florida Legislature. Gambling also is...

6/2/2017

article OP/ED: Casinos push for expansion but, for the public, all bets are off
(Florida) -- West Broward County somehow is still growing, which means more strip malls, which means another McDonald’s on every new outparcel. Recently, while...

5/31/2017

article ANALYSIS: Where Does Fla. Gambling Head After Reform Bill's Failure? [sub req]
(Florida) -- Just two months ago, Florida lawmakers were eyeing significant gambling concessions to bring billions into state coffers and resolve numerous lawsuits, but...

5/28/2017

article Opponents eye 2018 to head off legislative moves legalizing slots
(Florida) -- Opponents of the spread of slot machines in Florida are eyeing November 2018 as the point when they claim "total victory" and their permanent bar...

5/26/2017

article Magic Kingdoms
(Florida) -- I went on vacation with my family last month at Walt Disney World (“Home of the $20 Hamburger”). We stayed at a nice resort, stood in stifling...

5/23/2017

press release Casinos, too, move cars at the end of the month
(Florida) -- Like auto dealers, casinos look to move cars at the end of the month. Many South Florida venues use earning entries to a car giveaway as a means to attract...

5/22/2017

article Florida Supreme Court Bars Slot Machine Expansion in Lee, 7 Other Counties
(Florida) -- The power to expand gambling, including slot machines, belongs exclusively to Florida lawmakers, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week,...

5/21/2017

article Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: Decisions, Decisions
(Florida) -- The weeks after the legislative session are typically a decision season for the governor, who has to plow through dozens of bills and hundreds of spending...

5/20/2017

article Case for Slots Expansion Bears No Fruit in Florida Supreme Court
(Florida) -- In a unanimous decision, Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled against a statewide expansion of slot machine gambling. To offer more slots in more places...
article High Court Says No To Slot Machines
(Florida) -- In a highly anticipated decision, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday squashed a broad expansion of slot machines in at least eight counties, saying the...
article COTTERELLl: Legislative action on gambling more important than ever
(Florida) -- I will admit to holding a grudge against casino gambling. When my son was about 7, we went out to Reno and he was fascinated by what he called “...
article SMITH: All Aboard the Gambling Gravy Train
(Florida) -- It wasn't their intention, but Florida Supreme Court justices' Gretna decision sure started the engine on the Legislature's 2018 gravy train....

5/19/2017

article Florida Supreme Court Denies Slot Machines Expansion
(Florida) -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that county referendums on whether pari-mutuels can or cannot add slot machines can only be held after state...
article Florida Supreme Court pumps the brakes on slots expansion
(Florida) -- Florida’s state Supreme Court has ruled that pari-mutuel dog and horseracing operators don’t have the right to launch slot machine operations...
article Anti-Gambling Advocate Praises Gretna Ruling
(Florida) -- Anti-gambling forces are claiming a partial victory now that the Florida Supreme Court is blocking slot machines at a Gretna pari-mutuel facility.
article LETTER: Worry Less About Slots, More About Diversity
(Florida) -- Another legislative session has come and gone and once again Gadsden comes up short on being able to offer slot machines. While this is frustrating for our...

5/18/2017

article State Supreme Court rejects massive expansion of slot machines
(Florida) -- In an major defeat for counties that wanted to authorize slot machines by referendum, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that Florida...
article St. Lucie County slot machine referendum invalid under Supreme Court ruling
(Florida) -- A Fort Pierce jai-alai fronton cannot have slot machines under a Thursday Florida Supreme Court ruling, unless the Legislature later allows it.

5/17/2017

article Allen: For Florida to do it right, bid for licenses
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida was noticeably quiet during the state’s legislative session, which ended last week. But Jim Allen, Seminole Hard Rock...
article Supreme Court Holds Cards in Florida Gambling Debate
(Florida) -- What's happening with gambling in Florida is a crapshoot. The Legislature ended the regular session without passing a gambling bill. That creates a...

5/16/2017

article Gambling or Charity? Conflict Over Shut-Down of Electronic Bingo, Which Had Sustained Flagler Cats
(Florida) -- A year ago this week, Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster, accompanied by two Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, two Bunnell police officers and a...

5/15/2017

article Miami Beach Pushes Back Against Casinos, Approves Two Ordinances to Block Gambling
(Florida) -- Miami Beach is going to make it extremely difficult for a casino to take a foothold in the coastal island city. Late last week in a special meeting, the...
article Miami rejects casino projects
(Florida) -- After long discussions about gaming expansion in Florida, one of the most touristic hubs in the state decided to reject any casino project in the near...

5/13/2017

article No dice: Miami Beach commission moves to ban casinos
(Florida) -- It's no dice for gambling casinos in the tourist mecca of Miami Beach. The city's commission voted unanimously Friday for two preliminary ordinances...
article No gambling for Miami Beach
(Florida) -- As expected, Miami Beach commissioners again made it clear they don’t need or want gambling in their city by voting Friday 6-0 to give preliminary...

5/12/2017

article Political committee seeking to make gambling expansion harder in Fla.
(Florida) -- Media reports are emerging from Florida indicating that a political committee seeking a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to...
article Walt Disney Company Lobbying Against Gaming Expansion in Florida
(Florida) -- The Walt Disney Company has donated $250,000 to lobbying efforts that are working to stop the potential spread of casinos in Florida.

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