Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts of the group No Casinos to educate the public as to the dangers of expanded gambling in Florida. One major strategy by legislators is to implement expanded gambling in very small increments so the public at large wont notice the true scale of the expansion, similar to frog in boiling water. No Casinos’s new video hopes to warn the public about this strategy. The Saint Peters Blog explains:
Despite best intentions of lawmakers, gaming expansion in Florida will always result in a form of “gambling creep,” says anti-gambling group *No Casinos*.
“Gambling Creep” tracks the spread of casino gambling from Las Vegas to Atlantic City and beyond during the late 1970s through current lobbying efforts in Tallahassee to bring the world’s largest “destination resort” casinos to Florida.
The three-minute video examines each stage of what No Casinos calls a “seemingly simple and benign expansion,” from pari-mutuels and the Florida lottery to tribal Indian gaming rights. Inevitably, they all contribute to unintended growth in the gambling industry within the state.
“History shows us very clearly that every so-called ‘limited’ expansion of gambling in Florida has always led to more gambling than was promised,” said No Casinos President John Sowinski.
No Casinos’ has made the video available online HERE or below. It really is a great recap of how gambling expansion started in Florida and how has snowballed throughout the years.
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