Anti-gaming advocates bash Destination Casino study

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An antigambling group is blasting state budget-writers for cutting services for compulsive gamblers while including $400,000 for a study of destination resorts, reports the News Service of Florida. Several destination resort bills, which would have created up to five large casino developments around the state, failed to get traction this year; all of them died in committee. “Adding insult to injury, the Legislature has chosen to set aside $400,000 to conduct a study of the revenues that can be generated by casinos and horse racing, which will ultimately be used as the future justification for expanding gambling through Florida,” said Pat Fowler, executive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, in a statement issued Wednesday. “The roadmap is very clear.” The budget is scheduled for a vote Friday.

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