Despite spending over a million dollars trying to impress state lawmakers, Jeffrey Soffer's hopes on relocation of his casinos in Florida are almost nil. Soffer stands behind Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach and Big Easy Casino in Hallandale Beach and hoped to be able to transfer his casino license to an exclusive Miami Beach estate. Lawmakers affirmed that it would not be possible, at least not anytime soon, and also denied that Trump National Doral could obtain a casino license.
No special favors for the special session
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson confirmed that the topic of new casino licenses would not come up after the Senate convenes in a special session later this month. According to CBS Miami, Simpson assures: “I don't think it will be considered in this special session. Actually, I know that's not the case. We called yesterday and he would have banned this kind of activity. " Moreover, an unidentified Republican adviser assured that any legislator who tried to raise the topic in a special session would be "out of order".
Soffer invested a lot of money and in order to be able to move his driver's license from Hallandale Beach to Miami Beach, about 20 miles south. Trump National, which is linked to former POTUS Donald Trump and part of the Trump Organization's portfolio, has suggested it wants to secure a gaming license for the property to keep it alive. Local officials in Miami Beach and Doral have opposed the ideas.
Hazard Future Hinges On Sports
Upcoming, a special legislative session has been convened to discuss a new gaming agreement that Governor Ron DeSantis has drawn up with the Seminole tribe of Florida. In it, the tribe was given almost complete control of sports gambling in return for several casino gambling concessions, including the opportunity to see a Miami Beach casino. There is also a recipe for three more tribal casinos to be built in Florida by the Seminole tribe.
A special session will begin on May 17 and will examine a new gaming CD that is likely to disintegrate. In 2018, Florida voters approved a state measure that allows them to decide on the expansion of gambling. Many have already indicated that they want to be included in any new gaming arrangement with the Seminole tribe and, if there is enough resistance to the DeSantis / Seminole deal, the deal could fall apart. Potentially, this means that not only will there be new casino game options in the state, but also sports gambling may not reach the finish line.