Members of the Chamber agreed to support House Bill 487, which brings at least one new Miami casino resort, as long as there is required approval by a local referendum in the affected county, applicants for resort licenses will be required to have a workforce that is made up of at least 75% local residents, and local governments receive tax revenues to help improve local infrastructure.

The Chamber’s support for the bill runs contradictory to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, as well as the city of Miami Beach which are both anti-casino. But the Miami Chamber says it’s all about creating jobs and improving the community.

“Obviously we believe it’s jobs,” said Chamber chairwoman Penny Shaffe. “We believe it’s more tourism. We believe that it has the potential for collateral benefits across the community.”

Currently, only pari-mutuels in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are allowed to offer slot machines, while casinos with blackjack can only be found on some Seminole Indian properties.

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