Florida Chamber sneers at ‘publicity stunt’ by destination casino backers

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Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, today issued the following statement regarding the destination casino publicity stunt at a Tallahassee unemployment office.

“Today’s publicity stunt is further proof that the destination casino gambling scheme is simply a bad bet for Florida.

“If casino gambling is such a good job creator, then why does Nevada have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country? Nevada’s unemployment rate is 30 percent higher than Florida’s.  (Nevada 13.4% vs. Florida 10.6)

“If casino gambling is such a good job creator, then why have leading policymakers called the out-of-state and foreign casino operators claims of 100,000 jobs over the top?

“If you turn Florida into the next Las Vegas, Florida will lose jobs just like Atlantic City did when mega-casinos were introduced there.

“Let’s not lose sight that out-of-sate casinos need Florida – Florida doesn’t need casinos.

“Bottom line, what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.”

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.