The Real Deal Miami

Miami Chamber of Commerce nears position on casino resorts

December 06, 2011 11:59AM

As the debate grows over potential casino resorts in Miami-Dade County, one group has been silent so far: the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. But that could change soon, as a committee prepares to take a vote regarding the casino plan, according to the Miami Herald. “I talk to people all over who say, ‘I know you guys are in favor of it,” said Chamber CEO Barry Johnson. “I say, ‘whoa, whoa, whoa.'” A bill going around a Chamber committee would give conditional approval to a proposed casino law if racetracks and jai-alai facilities were given the same games as the new resorts. “It’s a difficult issue to really get a handle on,” said Dan Lindblade, president of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve got members on both sides of the issue.” [Miami Herald]