EDITORIAL: Why does it take a billionaire (or two) to stop lawmakers pushing casinos on Florida?

EDITORIAL: Why does it take a billionaire (or two) to stop lawmakers pushing casinos on Florida?

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  • Editorial Board, Miami Herald
February 12, 2024 7:16 PM

It shouldn’t take a billionaire stepping in to make Florida lawmakers do what’s right.

And yet, that’s pretty clearly what just happened in Tallahassee.

A bill in the Florida Legislature that would have allowed a casino at the famed Miami Beach Fontainebleau hotel was headed for a vote in a Senate committee last week. It was moving forward despite decades-long, vociferous local and state opposition, complete with a state constitutional amendment specifying that only voters could make that decision.

And then, just like that, the legislation was declared unofficially dead last week. Even though Gov. Ron DeSantis — and this may be a shock to the system for DeSantis-dominated Florida — apparently wanted the bill to pass.