‘Bad Bet for Florida’ coalition unveils new television ad highlighting problems in gambling-dependent Atlantic City & Las Vegas

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The Coalition to Stop the Bad Bet for Florida today unveiled a new ad educating Floridians on the significant problems faced by gambling-dependent Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Bad Bet for Florida “History Lesson” ad is the latest in an aggressive effort by the coalition to inform Floridians about mega-casino legislation that would dramatically expand gambling in Florida.

“Florida cannot ignore the problems related to large scale gambling that we have seen in Las Vegas and Atlantic City,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson. “What happens in Vegas indeed should stay in Vegas. If we choose to go down this road of mega-casinos and more gambling, there is no turning back. That’s why we must learn from the lessons of these two mega-casino reliant economies.”

You can watch the new Bad Bet for Florida “History Lesson” television ad on YouTube at http://youtu.be/gFcTlRdm9hg or view it at: http://www.badbetfl.com/badbetfl.com/Home.html.   

In the 30-second ad, two children are teaching a classroom of adults about what has happened in casino gambling-dependent Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The following is the text of the ad:

Here’s a little history lesson about Atlantic City.

After the big casinos came businesses and restaurants closed …

Unemployment soared!

And crime tripled.

But, for Vegas, they’re one of the worst for lost jobs, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and for too many families, divorce.

Now big casino operators want to bring all of this to Florida.

Now, who would fall for that?

Get involved.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.