Las Vegas Sands Pulls Lobbying Efforts to Legalize Destination Mega Casinos in Florida

Over the years, Casino Watch Focus has reported on the many ongoing efforts of Law Vegas Sands to get approval to build a Vegas-Style, full-scale, mega casino. They have focused most of their efforts with lobbyist attempting to craft legislation that would make it through the Florida legislature. Despite many efforts and bills, no significant progress was made. Efforts to build destination casinos have failed for the better part of six years, and it looks like the company is leaving Florida and setting its sites on Atlanta. An online source explains: 

Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest casino developer in the world based on revenue, is giving up on building a so-called “destination casino resort” in the state of Florida, according to /SaintPetersBlog/.

A lobbyist said that the company is axing all of its consulting contracts for public relations and lobbying in the state, the report said. Sands reportedly is now focused on Georgia, which is considering legalizing Las Vegas-style casinos. Sands’ owner Sheldon Adelson is also still pushing to ban online casino games nationwide because he thinks they will hurt his business.

Sands has been lobbying in Tallahassee for the past six years, but lawmakers who support the new casinos in the Sunshine State have not been able overcome the opposition, which has included the likes of Disney, which believes these types of casinos would hurt the family-friendly image of the state. Also opposing a Sands project in South Florida are the Seminoles, who have an exclusivity deal with Florida for table games.

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