Miami chamber offers support to casinos

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While the Florida Chamber of Commerce has emerged as one of the most-outspoken critics of casino gambling, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is offering qualified support. The Miami Herald and the South Florida Business Journal reported that the Miami chamber has decided to back the idea of adding “destination” resort casinos in South Florida, though the position comes with caveats. Those caveats include subjecting proposed casinos to local referendums and, according to the Herald, requiring the casinos to hire 75 percent of their workforce locally. The position comes as the Senate Regulated Industries Committee prepares Monday to take up a Senate bill (SB 710) that would allow up to three mega-casinos in the state. The proposal has split business groups, with the Florida Chamber arguing against it.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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