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Mega-Casino Developer: Miami Beach Prime Location for Resort Casino

It's been years in coming, Steve Wynn said.



    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011)

    If mega-casino developer Steve Wynn had his druthers, he would build a destination resort casino and attach it to the Miami Beach Convention Center.

    "Since I was raised here, I lived here all through high school and college I've always had a very strong feeling about Miami Beach," he told NBC Miami. "I think Miami Beach is... the best destination resort city in America."

    It's been years in coming, he said.

    "It should be have been here years ago," Wynn said. "My preferred site, the convention center... expand it and build there because its a nice, deep round property and you don't have to abandon streets," Wynn said.

    Wynn dined at famed South Beach restaurant Joe's Stone Crab with Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and a real estate developer.

    Wynn told NBC Miami that South Beach would be an ideal spot, upgrading the area and feeding off the existing entertainment features.

    Two South Florida state lawmakers introduced identical bills which would license three Vegas-style destination resort casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.


    The bill's sponsors are State Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff and State Rep. Erik Fresen.
    The bill, which is expected to be debated around the start of the next legislative session in January, pits small parimutuel facilities against mega-casinos. Owners of existing facilities fear destination resort casinos would put them out of business.
    Former Miami Beach State Senator Dan Gelber is heading up the effort against the mega casinos. He fears the giant developments will increase  traffic congestion, crime and change South Florida for the worse.