With interest growing in the push for casinos in South Florida, the city of Miami Beach now plans to discuss the potential impact and the city’s position at its Wednesday, Dec. 14 meeting. The conversation is supposed to start some time after 5 p.m.
Leading up to that meeting, there are several forums focused on the position Miami Beach takes on casinos.
— Mayor Matti Bower has scheduled a forum with residents at the Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr., on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
— The Miami Beach City Commission has a workshop scheduled on the matter at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.
— The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has a forum on gambling planned for Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., in Hall D.
If you want to attend, you need to RSVP.
Opponents have scheduled a little protest, Belle Isle Residents Association board member Herb Frank tells us, that will start at 5 p.m. outside the convention center.
The feverish discussion takes place as a result of a proposal from Malaysia-based Genting Group to build a $3 billion-plus resort and casino on the site of The Miami Herald and the nearby Omni Center at the west end of the Venetian Causeway.
Genting bought The Herald building and property in May. Other groups also are pushing casino plans for South Florida, from an idea floated by Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn for a gaming mecca at the Miami Beach Convention Center to proposals for downtown Miami, Sunny Isles Beach and at Miami Dolphins Stadium.