Florida Gulf Coast County Mulls Possible Casino Expansion
The gambling industry in Florida is gridlocked. The industry is controlled by the Seminole Tribe. Charlotte County Charter Review Commission approved a ballot question for the November 2022 election that would put any local casino construction to a vote of the 189,000 residents. All seven casinos in the state of Florida operate on tribal land. Any expansion of gambling on non-tribal lands would require new laws. In 2019, Floridians approved Amendment 3, which requires any gambling expansion off tribal lands to receive 60% voter approval.
The future of gaming expansion in Florida is murky at best, according to John Pappas, founder and CEO of Corridor Consulting.
Amendment 3 was drafted to slow the expansion of gambling in Florida. The legislature will not push for gambling expansion.
Florida Gulf Coast County is considering a referendum on expanding the casino. The referendum is not a law, but a level of protection that can be put in place.
Seminoles' 2021 gambling compact with Florida was invalidated by a judge in November. The case could be decided by the Supreme Court. Other parties are trying to keep the compact quashed. The Florida Legislature didn't address gambling expansion this year. Unless Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminoles surprise with another deal, any expansion of gambling in Florida remains a far-flung proposition. Florida Gulf Coast County Mulls Possible Casino Expansion. Las Vegas Sands, DraftKings, and FanDuel tried to solicit signatures for ballot measures that could give them a beachhead in trying for gambling outside the Compact.
The legal case surrounding sports wagering and the Seminole Tribe is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.