Miami Beach commission votes against casinos

Demonstrators for, against casinos made themselves heard

Published On: Dec 14 2011 06:34:08 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 15 2011 10:59:58 AM EST
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -

The Miami Beach City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday on a resolution opposing gambling within the city limits.

Anti-gambling protestors were in the packed meeting and cheered after the vote. The city also decided to explore the idea of hiring an attorney to fight state-wide gambling legislation and to study the economic impact of a proposed mega-casino in downtown Miami.

Before the meeting, protestors chanted outside city hall for two days, hoping to make their point loud and clear. Gaming proponents, however, said that polling shows a majority of Miami-Dade residents actually want gaming.

The $3 billion Genting resort is only in the planning stages in Miami. The state would have to legalize gambling before it could happen. 

The Miami Beach mayor is ready to listen and has already met with famed Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn, who wants to invest $2 billion to refurbish the convention center and redefine it with an upscale casino of its own. 

On Tuesday night, politicians and the public discussed it. Both sides put their cards on the table and seemed to resolve little.