Whose mausoleum was raided when slot machines were found in it?
(Slot machines at ________________ family mausoleum. July 1961. Credit: Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1989-011-6111)
Since Miami’s founding in 1896, people have been setting up illegal gambling operations throughout the city. Illegal casino operators often had to find unique places to hide their gambling machines. On July 18, 1961, four slot machines were found in the empty mausoleum of a prominent Miami family. Investigators at the time did not know who had placed them there, but the slot machines were quickly taken into police custody.
Today gambling has become legal in the Seminole and Miccosukee casinos, as well as at some dog and horse tracks. A recent debate about expanding casinos occurred when Genting Group purchased the Miami Herald building with plans to build a large resort casino on its site. In 2012 the Florida legislature voted to change gambling laws for this purpose, and the proposal was turned down. Today the future of gambling in South Florida is still unknown.
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