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Gambling a big deal at black caucus event

The Florida Conference of Black State Legislators is meeting this weekend at the Buena Vista Palace hotel near Walt Disney World, and the subject of gambling is taking center stage, with presentations on the destination resort legislation and Internet cafes and which some legislators want to outlaw in the Sunshine State.

The lineup of speakers includes Colin Au, president of Genting Americas, the firm pushing legislation in Tallahassee to create three mega-resorts in Florida, and lobbyists Scott Dick of the SKD Consulting Group and Yolanda Jackson of the Becker Poliakoff law firm on the issue of Internet cafes, which offer slot machine-style games.  

The agenda for the two-day event lists as 'meeting supporters" Genting LLC, Las Vegas Sands, International Internet Technologies, Pompano Park Racing & Isles of Capri, Mardi Gras and Florida No Casinos. Other panel discussions focus on health care, small business owners and the social status of black men and boys.

-- Steve Bousquet


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Denny Wood

development and construction means jobs. The legislature and governor need to create jobs.

Jobs stop bank foreclosures.

Be it more gambling or whatever, construction requires new hires.

Slots are everywhere in Florida. The state has been legalizing gambling for many years, including the 1988 lottery.

New facilities for gambling will bring tourists, and we need to double the tourists coming to Florida.

Our organization invited people in wheelchairs from all over the world to visit and vacation in Wheelchair Utopia Florida, without the help of the Scott Administration, who finds this tourism distasteful. (www.dignity4disabled.com for the invitation)

lewis cozene

i see this organization thanks along the same lines that i do and i think they are right hang in there and keep at it

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