South Beach Casino looks like even money at the County
Commission this week.
The hotel-casino project at Tropicana and Industrial got
the green light from those same officials sitting as the planning commission
earlier this year. But that was before other gamers jumped in to complain that
South Beach would bottle up traffic in the area.
Now, after a 30-day delay, the proposal comes up for a vote
Developer Marvin Lipschultz is guardedly optimistic that a
compromise can be reached. After a series of talks with Station Casinos and
others, he told GamingToday that a 10 percent reduction of the
proposed casino and an unspecified downsizing of the planned timeshare tower may
swing the deal.
But Station execs aren’t so sure. “The intensity of the
use is still an issue, and it’s still unresolved,’’ said spokeswoman
Lesley Pittman. Station owns the 255-room Wild West Casino kiddy-corner to
Lipschultz’s property. Sources say Mandalay Resorts and MGM Mirage have also
been involved in the behind-the-scenes negotiations.