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Miami Heat's owner: downtown casino would be a traffic 'nightmare'

Miami Heat owner Micky Arison warned Monday that massive casino resorts in downtown Miami would likely cause traffic nightmares, turn off local basketball fans and generally disrupt Miami’s urban revival.

“We’re on a roll, and I’m not sure this is the right way to continue it,” said the CEO of Carnival Corp. and majority owner of the Heat. “I just don’t know how Miami can handle that kind of traffic.”

Arison’s comments represent the most critical yet from South Florida’s corporate elite as the region considers a plan that could bring the world’s largest casino to the Miami waterfront. It also reveals an interesting subplot to the ongoing gambling debate, since the leading casino operator pursuing a Miami site also controls one of Carnival’s top rivals, Norwegian Cruise Line. More here.

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Dana

Of course, Mr. Arison is not concerned that Miami casinos might possibly affect his cruise line, as well as the casinos on his ships.

I guess he's just protecting himself, but there's so much BS going around these days.

TellingItLikeItIs

As for myself, I'll stop attending shows at the PAC - who needs to put up that kind of traffic nightmare to attend a show!

carmenyork

The NBA has fined Miami Heat owner Miky Arison Monday for Twitter comments about the locked-out league’s ongoing collective bargaining process. http://bit.ly/sEmPP2

often visitor of miami

Are you serious Mr. Arison?

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