The Florida Senate Gaming Committee will meet in Coconut Creek on Oct. 23 as part of its four-town traveling road show to seek input on the future of gambling in Florida. Other hearings will be held in Lakeland, Jacksonville and Pensacola.
The committee will attempt to find ways to improve the state's tattered regulatory structure that has been riddled with holes over the past decade in the wake of court rulings, legal settlements and regulatory decisions, Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, told the Herald/Times last month. It is expected to receive the results of a $400,000 review of the state's gaming industry by Spectrum Gaming Group before the meetings begin on Oct. 1.
Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said in a statement released Friday that the gaming committee is charged with "conducting a thorough review and recommending a comprehensive policy on how gaming fits into the broader Florida economy.”
“While the Florida Lottery, Seminole casinos, and gaming activities at licensed pari-mutuel facilities generate substantial economic activity, gaming regulations have been amended piecemeal over decades,” he said.
Here's the schedule: