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Steve Wynn: Miami Beach, not Miami, is the dream location for a resort casino

Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn vaulted into the center of South Florida’s gambling debate Wednesday by declaring the Miami Beach Convention Center site to be the region’s ideal option for a massive new casino resort.

“I think that Miami Beach is the greatest site for a destination resort in the United States,” Wynn said shortly after a lunch with the city’s mayor, Matti Herrera Bower, and its manager, Jorge Gonzalez.

Of the roughly 50 acres of Miami Beach-owned land that includes the convention center, parking garages and city hall, Wynn called it the “best” and added: “It has a huge footprint. Adjacent to a convention center that can be expanded and improved. It’s a site that is close to the ocean.”

Wynn’s sudden emergence on South Florida’s budding casino scene promises to reshape a debate that is gripping political leaders statewide. Story here.