Monday, November 25, 2013 VOLUME 16 ISSUE 44

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 Senators Told: No Expanded Gambling in Florida

 

On Friday, the Senate Gaming Committee, headed by Senator Garrett Richter (R-Naples), concluded the last of five statewide gambling hearings in which they received public testimony regarding the expansion of gambling and the newly released Spectrum gaming report. The committee meetings were well attended and more than 200 Floridians submitted public testimony.

While there was a wide array of testimony covering all aspects of gambling, it was clear that a majority of those speakers who attended the public hearings were opposed to the expansion of gambling in Florida.
 
The negative social and economic challenges brought by the expansion of gambling in Florida were well noted throughout each of the committee hearings. Several regional chambers of commerce also stood in strong opposition to the expansion of gambling throughout Florida. Shane Moody, President and CEO of the Destin Chamber of Commerce noted, "Our brand is families, family activities, family fun, family values." He also pointed out that the family-friendly environment Florida tourism has worked so hard to build "would be negatively affected by the expansion of casino gambling in Florida."
 
The Florida Chamber has opposed the expansion of Las Vegas-style casino gambling for more than 20 years. We believe the value of Florida's brand as the premier location to live, learn, work and raise a family far exceed the stated "minimal economic impact" as noted by the Spectrum Gaming report. I encourage you to reach out to your State Senators and Representatives to encourage them to protect Florida's brand by opposing the expansion of gambling in our state.

 

Oppose the Expansion of Gambling in Florida:

Contact Adam Giery at agiery@flchamber.com to learn how you can help. 

 

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