Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing efforts between Florida and the Seminole Nation to renew its gambling compact that expired earlier this year. The key focus for such renewal is that doing so provides exclusive rights to tribal gambling and prevent outside gambling interests from taking hold in the state. Casino Watch Focus recently reported on rumors that the two sides were discussing adding more casinos or new table games like roulette and craps. That prospect has drawn the ire of those looking to prevent harmful gambling expansion from reaching even more of Florida’s families. The No Casino group has made its opposition clear to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. An online political site explains:
An anti-gambling expansion organization is asking Gov. Rick Scot to jettison “gambling expansion scenarios as a part of the compact renewal” with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, according to a letter released Wednesday.
John Sowinski, president of Orlando-based No Casinos, wrote to Scott on Tuesday, sending copies to legislative leaders.
“We believe that having compact negotiations serve as a vehicle for any expansion of gambling, either on tribal property or off of tribal property, is completely contrary to the entire basis by which the compact was sold to the public back in 2010,” he wrote. “Instead, we believe the best course of action for the state of Florida is to ensure that any compact renewal be predicated on a zero expansion policy.”
“Gambling has contributed virtually nothing to (Florida’s) remarkable turnaround, nor will it in the future,” Sowinski wrote in this week’s letter. “This has been borne out in state after state that has foolishly chosen to chase casino dollars,” he added. “We need to stay the course, and that course includes a family-friendly tourism brand that is the envy of every other state in the nation, and has given us the most resilient tourism economy in the world.”
A full copy of the letter is available HERE:
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