Florida Supreme Court steers clear of slot machine debate

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April 30, 2012


TALLAHASSEE, Florida: On Friday, April 27, the Florida Supreme Court dismissed efforts by competing casino owners to limit slot machines in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The decision by the court to not become involved in the fight over slot machines in the state means that attention is now focused on a lawsuit filed by a woman in Boca Raton seeking to remove the Palm Beach County Slot Machine Question from the November ballot. The lawsuit alleges that the ballot question is misleading because an approval would not necessarily mean that slot machines would be authorized by the state outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The county responded asking the court to dismiss the case saying that the question is a valid one regardless of whether or not the state chooses not to issue a slot machine permit to the county.[1][2]

The case has become the focus of attention concerning the issue of slot machines, Marc Dunbar, an attorney who represents Gulfstream Race Track, commented on the shift saying, "Obviously every pari-mutuel in the state is watching that with eager interest."[1]

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