Fort Lauderdale says no to casinos

Published On: Jan 18 2012 04:06:21 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 18 2012 05:53:33 PM EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The city of Fort Lauderdale does not want to gamble on destination casinos.

Mayor Jack Seiler and city commissioners voted Tuesday night to unanimously pass a resolution to urge Florida lawmakers "to reject legislation to legalize so-called 'destination resort casinos' in Fort Lauderdale."

Read: Resolution

The Genting Group from Malaysia and the Las Vegas Sands Corporation both have announced plans to build destination casino resorts in South Florida.

Legislation paving the way for casino gambling in South Florida is being debated right now in the Florida Legislature.

"South Florida destination communities are saying 'no thanks' to the so-called 'destination casinos' that want to set up shop and redefine our region and our state," said South Florida No Casinos Chairman, Dan Gelber. "We have worked hard to build strong and vibrant communities in South Florida and the prospect of mega-casinos in our backyard is the single greatest threat to our economy, our public safety and our quality of life."

The city of Miami Beach and the Village of Pinecrest also are voicing opposition to legislative efforts to legalize high-stakes mega-casinos in Florida.

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