Gambling establishments in Miami-Dade County face new hurdles

Gambling establishments in Miami-Dade County face new hurdles

September 14, 2018 9:45 AM
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A majority of commissioners in Miami-Dade County Thursday gave initial approval to an alteration in the city’s zoning code that creates new hurdles for gambling establishments in the city. The commission passed the change 4-1, with Chairman Keon Hardemon opposing. Under the proposed change, new gaming establishments would need four of the five commissioners to approve the facility, reports the Miami Herald.

The newspaper says the change could threaten a plan for a poker room and jai alai fronton in the Edgewater neighborhood of Miami and could result in a lawsuit by developers.

The owners of Magic City Casino want to open a gaming facility as part of a planned development in the 3000 block of Biscayne Boulevard, about seven miles from the casino. Earlier this year, state regulators granted the owners, family-owned West Flagler Associates, a permit for a poker room and jai alai facility.

In Florida, slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities is legal in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with state and local authorization.