The “lipstick on the pig” could work if the gaming expansion portion of the bill is backed way off according to Gelber. “If they want to control gaming let ’em do a commission without making South Florida Las Vegas and Atlantic City combined.”
Son picks up where father left off in Florida casino fight
By Hank Tester
Posted Monday, Nov 21, 2011 – 7:50 PM EST
| Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 | Updated 8:02 AM EST
In 1994, the man credited with saving Miami Beach and South Pointe from becoming “Vegas on the Beach” was Mayor Seymour Gelber.
The bowtied former judge and federal prosecutor gummed up a highly financed political campaign called Limited Casinos, which would have brought major casinos to a number parimutuel sites throughout Florida. Voters turned the proposal down 60-40.
That was then and this is now.
Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn is back in town as he was in 1994, expressing interest in Miami Beach. The Genting group wants to build a mega destination resort on The Miami Herald site. This time there is no vote of the people. A Senate bill would authorize three mega resorts and casinos and create a gaming commission.
“The gaming commission is just the lipstick on a pig,” said Dan Gelber.
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