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Keep ‘gambling creep’ out of Florida
Gambling creep. That could mean a couple of things, but for the purposes of this column, it’s what happens every time gambling is expanded. We end up getting more gambling, less control and less revenue than promised.
Some lawyers and lobbyists spend entire careers trying to find, or to plant, the next great loophole in legislation or regulations, to allow more “gambling creep.” That’s why the scheme cooked up by the Malaysian casino conglomerate called Genting and Gulfstream racetrack should be stopped in its tracks (so to speak).
In 2004, Florida voters approved by the narrowest of margins — 50.8 percent — an amendment to allow slot machines in seven existing tracks and frontons in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Voters in both counties ultimately authorized them in separate local votes — again with the same restriction that they be limited to existing tracks and frontons.
Florida Live Wagering UP!
Live attendance and wagering at Florida’s greyhound race tracks are experiencing steady growth, according to the Florida Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering reports that live betting (handle) was up 11.4% state wide in November, with a handful of tracks performing well above the state average.
Leading the pack in November was Jacksonville’s Best Bet Orange Park with their live wagering 15.4% over 2012 totals. Daytona Beach saw a staggering 21.8% increase in dollars bet at their facility. The dog track in Jacksonville revamped their promotions efforts increasing contests, lucrative giveaways, adding three tiered distance racing and even showcasing their primary product, the greyhound racing, in television commercials. Derby Lane and Tampa both saw 12% growth as both tracks have full time racing advocates in marketing and public relations. MORE
AGC announces Adoption Person of the Year
A West Palm Beach adoption volunteer who has been described as “unendingly devoted to greyhounds” has been named 2013 Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year (GAPY) by the American Greyhound Council (AGC).
Monica Smith is a founding member of Greyhound Support Transport (GST), a not-for-profit organization that specializes in moving greyhounds from Florida tracks to adoption groups in non-racing states in the U.S. and Canada for placement in permanent homes. The group transports an average of 36 greyhounds every six weeks at a cost of nearly $5,800 per haul. MORE
Gambling Impact Study Important Notes
For 20 years the Tracks have wanted to become Casinos. The People of Florida Voted for a Live Par-mutual Facility in their Community, NOT a Casino! Please protect the Vote of the People! If the Tracks want to become a Casino then let the People Vote on it.
The Gambling Impact Study fiscal Impact found:
• Pari-mutuels employ over 7,000 Floridians
• State Revenue is over $200 Million
The Division of Par-Mutual Wagering Annual Report found:
• Total Greyhound revenue to the State increased by 11% last year.