The Real Deal Miami

More casino opposition grows

November 07, 2011 12:27PM

The Florida Retail Federation has come out against proposed casino
resorts in Florida, arguing that retailers would lose sales growth in
areas where the new casinos would exist, according to the South Florida Business Journal. The organization’s board, whose
members include Walmart, Disney and the Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock
International, said casino resorts tend to “cannibalize” existing
activity, according to research. “Florida has a healthy and vibrant
retail economy that is driven by residents and visitors alike,” said
Retail Federation President and CEO Rick McAllister. “We don’t believe
new resort casinos will help our state’s retail economy grow.” [SFBJ]