‘Bad Bet for Florida’ coalition unveils new television and print ads against gaming expansion

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The Coalition to Stop the Bad Bet for Florida (Coalition) today unveiled its latest ads in a multi-pronged effort to educate Floridians on mega-casino legislation that would dramatically expand gambling in Florida.  The Coalition, led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Florida Retail Federation as key partners, is a leading opponent of the misguided proposal before lawmakers to potentially open up Florida to Las Vegas-style casino gambling.

“Mega-casinos are a bad bet for Florida that cannibalize existing businesses and threaten to darken every corner of our state,” said Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson. “The more Floridians learn about the threat of Las Vegas-style gambling in our state, the more they reject it. We are working to make sure Floridians understand the real risks posed by the mega-casino scheme being pushed by out-of state and foreign gambling interests.”

You can watch the new Bad Bet for Florida “It Doesn’t Take a Kid, Duh!” television ad here or view it on the Bad Bet for Florida here.

The “It Doesn’t Take a Kid, Duh!” ad informs viewers about how out-of-state casino operators are pushing the state’s gambling legislation and how the introduction of mega-casinos to Atlantic City spelled economic disaster for the area’s restaurants and retailers.

The following is the text of the Bad Bet for Florida “It Doesn’t Take a Kid, Duh!” television ad:

(Kid in Ben Stein mask) Destination resorts. Limits on gaming. Tallahassee, what are you waiting for?

(Takes mask off) Are you kidding me?

When they did this in Atlantic City, restaurants closed, stores closed, and crime was everywhere.

So don’t tell me you’re doing this for us, or for Florida.

You’re doing this for the out-of-state casino operators.

And it doesn’t take a kid to figure that out.


Get involved.

Message sponsored by your Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The new television ad comes as a new two-page Bad Bet for Florida ad in Florida Trend (see attached) begins hitting mailboxes and newsstands across the state.

The Florida Trend ad informs the magazine’s readers about:

  • The problems with the Florida mega-casino proposal;
  • How the legislation is a distraction from other important issues that Florida lawmakers must address; and
  • How Nevada is a national leader in unemployment and other dubious areas.

“Destination casino gambling is a distraction that could take our state’s focus off the mission to create a better economic climate,” said Allan Bense, chair of the Florida Chamber Task Force Against Gambling Expansion and former Florida House Speaker. “Florida should encourage businesses to continue diversifying our state’s economy and growing private-sector jobs to create long-term, high-paying jobs Floridians need.”

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.