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Charlie Crist says he backs destination casino resorts in Florida

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Las Vegas-style casinos near Florida’s beaches sound pretty good to Gov. Charlie Crist – who said Thursday gambling could mean a tourism and revenue bonanza for the state.

Crist, who signed a long-sought Seminole gambling compact earlier this month, told Sun Sentinel reporters and editors he supports destination, resort-style casinos in Florida.

In Tallahassee, Las Vegas gambling executives began making a push for such facilities this spring, promising multi-billion facilities if the state would give them a low tax rate and a full complement of games including blackjack, craps and roulette.

Crist won’t be around the Capitol next year to decide the issue, but he urged his successors to go for more gambling.

“If we did it here in Florida, where would you rather go – the desert or the water?” he said “It would enhance tourism in Florida and it would mean enormous revenues to the state.” Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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