The Real Deal Miami

Miami developer wants law to allow more casinos downtown and in hotel

September 26, 2008 06:48PM

The developer of a massive project in downtown Miami wants to amend Florida’s Constitution to allow Las Vegas-style casinos in the city and open the door for a similar casino at Miami Beach’s famed Fontainebleau Hotel. A political committee financed by developer Marc Roberts — who is creating a 25-acre Miami Worldcenter and has already spent more than $850,000 on it — hired 13 petition-gathering companies and has lawyers working to write an initiative for possible placement on the 2010 ballot. The amendment to Florida’s Constitution would allow craps, keno, roulette and other Class III games at all existing casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. If the amendment makes it onto the ballot, it would have to be approved by 60 percent of Florida voters to make it into law.