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Scott says he's open to bringing mega casinos to Florida



Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he will consider allowing Las Vegas-style casino resorts in Florida, opening the door for promoters to move swiftly ahead with legislation this year that would end the decades-old ban on the high stakes games.

Promoters expect a hearing as early as next week in the Florida Senate on the proposal that could bring ``destination casinos'' to Miami Beach, Tampa and as many as three other locations. The term refers to the high-end casinos being built around the globe that feature entertainment, retail malls and convention space in addition to blackjack tables, roulette wheels and slot machines.

Scott said Thursday he is open to the proposals even though while running for governor he rejected the expansion of gambling.

``As you know, I've said in the campaign that I don't want our revenue dollars to be tied to gaming,'' Scott told the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times. ``We've already approved gaming in the state, so we'll look at it going forward.'' More here.

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 7:18am]


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