Boyd pulls out of Florida
July 28, 2016 9:27 AM
by Phil Hevener
Boyd Gaming has ended its relation with its Florida-based lobbyist, another indication that no one should hold is breath counting on legislative action to expand casino gaming in any for in the Sunshine State.
Boyd has held south Florida acreage for several years banking on the likelihood that lawmakers would approve some kind of plan that would create opportunities for companies like Boyd.
Las Vegas Sands gave up on Florida earlier this year, canceling its representation by Capital City Consulting and turning its attention in the southern U.S. to opportunities in Georgia.
But Boyd lobbyist registration records show Boyd has ended its relationship with The Mayernick Group, which bills itself as a “full-service government relations firm just steps from the Capitol.,” according to a Florida Politics report.
In the meantime, separate suits filed by the state and Seminole Tribe of Florida have been consolidated and are scheduled for trial later this year. The outcome of that trial will probably determine the future of casino expansion.
People with their hands on the Florida political pulse agree that the Legislature could step up and take meaningful action, but this does not seem likely in the near future considering the number of special interest groups pulling in different directions.