The Real Deal Miami

Sands also has eyes on Broward for possible casino

December 01, 2011 04:37PM

Downtown Miami isn’t the only possible destination for a Las Vegas Sands casino. According to the South Florida Business Journal, Sands is seriously considering Broward County depending on tax rates and local opposition to such a development.

Sands, which had previously mentioned Palm Beach as a possible destination, is eying potential sites with about 40 acres of land near major roads and airports. The exact details of the project would depend on several factors, but it would likely include about 500,000-square feet of convention space.

The Sands group is separate from the Genting group developing the Miami Herald site.

Nick Iarossi, who lobbies on behalf of Sands, said no matter what restrictions and taxes policy makers place on gaming resorts, the industry will always get opposition from business groups, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and he Florida Attractions Associations, because of existing interests. [SFBJ]