The Florida Greyhound Association is asking state gambling regulators to “reconsider” their decision to allow Miami’s Magic City Casino to discontinue live dog racing. The association filed its “motion to intervene” earlier this week.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates gambling through its Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, last month approved a request from the casino owners to drop dog racing at its Miami facility in a first-of-its-kind ruling.
The greyhound group contends the state incorrectly allowed the track and casino to convert its gambling license to a summer jai alai permit, which allows it to stop racing while continuing to offer profitable slot machine play.
In 2004, voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing slots at existing jai-alai frontons and horse and dog racetracks only in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and only if voters there OK’d it in referendums. The amendment demands that tracks had to continue racing dogs or horses.