Beach Taxpayer’s Association features forum on casino plan

Rendering of Resorts World Miami proposal.

A group called The Miami Beach Taxpayer’s Association is holding a presentation Wednesday morning from Genting, the Malaysian gaming company that has proposed a huge resort and casino on The Miami Herald property.

It happens at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Shelbourne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave. The group says it will be “discussing its endorsement of the Genting World Resorts Miami gaming development across the bay. ”

The presentation will be made by Sergio Bakkas, senior architect with Arquitectonica, which designed the Genting complex, Genting general counsel Jessica Hoppe, and Genting’s South Florida lawyer, former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen Kasdin.

Could this be the chance to get some specifics on what Genting plans to do to alleviate traffic impact on the Venetian Causeway?

It’s unclear how open the forum will be, but Venetian Islands Homeowner Association president Greg Carney shared information about the event with its members.

According to the taxpayer’s association, an endorsement from the group is contingent on Genting supporting an extension of the Downtown People Mover from the Genting site to the Miami Beach Convention Center by crossing the MacArthur Causeway and heading north and south along Alton Road.

“This link tying in the Beach hotels must be an integrated part of the plan,”  according to a taxpayer’s association statement.


3 responses to “Beach Taxpayer’s Association features forum on casino plan

  1. I’m looking for any feedback from the Genting presentation, I am a Belle Isle Resident. Thank You

  2. This is an organization backed by developer Russell Galbut to advance his development agenda and that agenda only.

  3. A Metromover line to South Beach sounds perfect! But why stop there, why not push for Metrorail instead, it’s faster and can hold way more people!

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