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Business groups ask Gov. Scott, legislators to get on board with gaming bill

Leaders of nine business trade groups sent a letter to state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott on Monday, asking them to pass the controversial, recently re-tuned resort destination bill.

The groups have united with a well-known pitch that focuses on three pros of the Destination Resorts Act. The groups say the construction of up to three casino-resorts in Florida will: 1) Create jobs 2) Boost Florida's economy and 3) Reform Florida's gambling landscape (with a gaming commission and tighter regulation).

The following groups put their John Hancock on the letter: 

Associated Industries of Florida; Florida Transportation Builders Association; Builders Association of South Florida; Florida Retired Workers Association; Florida United Business Association; South Florida AGC; Florida Concrete & Product Association; Latin Builders Association; Associated Builders & Contractors of Florida; Construction Association of South Florida.

Other business groups, like the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Restaurants & Lodging Association, are opposed to the bill. The Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, which said it would support new casino resorts with additional stipulations to those currently in the bill, did not sign the letter.

Here's a story about some of the top priorities of the business lobby this session, including gambling legislation. 

Here's a copy of the letter: Download BizGroupProGamblingLetter1-9-12