Florida gambling expansion bill dies

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Published on 15/02/12 - Updated on 17/03/22

A bill approving the expansion of gambling in Florida, necessary to include casinos in the mega-complex, has died in a legislative subcommittee when it became clear it did not have enough votes to pass.

The bill is unlikely to be brought up for a vote for at least the remainder of this year.Genting has already purchased the real estate where it wants to build the mega-complex, but the addition of the casinos to Miami has stirred opposition in the state, reportedly including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and The Walt Disney Co.In addition to casino space, the mega-complex is planned include four hotels, a convention center, two residential buildings and a 3.6 acre (1.4 hectare) rooftop lagoon. The land was bought from U.S. newspaper giant The McClatchy Co. in May, and includes the building that serves as headquarters of the Miami Herald newspaper.

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