No gambling for Miami Beach
May 13, 2017 7:53 AM
by Robert Mann
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 approval to two ordinances that would ban casinos or any other gambling facilities in the seaside city.
“Casinos are great for cities that have a challenging future; that don’t have a real vision,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine told the Miami Herald. “If you have a city that doesn’t have a future, that doesn’t know where it wants to go, I understand. But when you have a city like Miami Beach, why try to fix something that’s not broken?”
Commissioners will take the final vote on July 26.
The Florida Legislature had been considering granting another casino license in South Florida. Although that deal fell apart late in the recent legislative session, Miami Beach moved to draft the ordinances and put them on a quick path for approval.