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Florida Supreme Court rules against Gretna track, slots expansion

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A unanimous Florida Supreme Court has ruled against a North Florida racetrack seeking to add slot machines. The 20-page decision, released Thursday, means that gambling facilities in Gadsden County’s Gretna and in seven other counties that passed local referendums allowing slots also will not be able to offer them. In doing so, the court upheld a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal that agreed with state gambling regulators who denied the track a slots permit. In sum, the…

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Citizens Insurance, regulators warn of fraud post-Hurricane Matthew

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Citizens Property Insurance Corp. was quick to warn policyholders against signing away their rights in exchange for quick repairs following Hurricane Matthew. Florida’s insurer of last resort issued a press release Sunday urging policyholders to call the company before entering into assignment of benefits contracts with contractors or other third parties. “Here’s why,” Citizens said. “You may be signing away your rights and be left with unfinished repairs or forced to pay a contractor for repairs not covered by your policy.…

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During Seminole Compact debate, lawmaker uncovers obscure sweetheart deal for Thoroughbred Breeders group

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As the Legislature continues debating a new Seminole Compact, the issue of decoupling has once again moved to the forefront. Publicly, one of the chief opponents of decoupling — which removes live race requirements for facilities to host slots and card rooms at pari-mutuels — is the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association (FTBOA).  However, in the backrooms of Tallahassee, the FTBOA and its lobbyists appear to be attempting to pull one over on well-intentioned legislators and, in the process, creating a secret loophole for the special treatment of a little-known pari-mutuel…

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Racino executive speaks out on card-room controversy

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The head of a Jacksonville racetrack and card room says the state was unfairly targeting pari-mutuels for running illegal card games, especially when state regulators oversaw the games being set up. Howard Korman, president of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, which does business as BestBet, spoke at a Senate Regulated Industries Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Tuesday filed administrative complaints against Korman’s operation and six other tracks in Florida. The state is fighting what’s known as “designated-player games”…

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Jeb Bush young Republican Tallahassee fundraiser set for Oct. 9

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A fundraiser benefiting Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has been set for October 9 in Tallahassee, though attendees will have to settle for shaking hands with Jeb Bush Jr. at the $2,700-a-person event. The fundraiser, timed to align with the end of an interim committee week, is billed as a “Mission: Next” event, which is a group co-chaired by Jeb Bush Jr. and his brother, George P. Bush, that tailors events toward under-40 Republicans with fundraising skills. There’s no shortage of high-level…

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