Tallahassee — Just days after an Administrative Law Judge smacked down “pari-mutuel barrel racing” as authorized by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering – the division crafted a license to “work around” the judge’s order for equally bogus events to take place at Gretna.
What’s worse, it’s clear that operators at Gretna don’t care if anybody even watches the races. They just want them to take place in order to try to meet the technical requirements of hosting more lucrative forms of gambling, including simulcast, cardrooms, and they hope one day, slot machines.
“The division is siding with those who want to cleverly skirt the laws – rather than enforcing the full letter and spirit of those laws,” said No Casinos President John Sowinski. “It is time for Secretary Lawson to step in and cancel these licenses before this leads to another un-checked proliferation of gambling like we saw for too long with internet cafés.”