Naples-Fort Myers Dog Track Wants To Add Slot Machines If Referendum Passes
If slots are allowed, the city would receive 1.5 percent of monthly revenues from Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Racing & Poker and, if revenues are over $250 million, the
city will receive 2.5 percent.
“Most cities do not get anything unless it trickles down from the state,” said Izzy Havenick , who owns the track. “The slot machine industry in Florida is the highest taxed business by far. It’s just shy of 40 percent of our gross revenue goes to the state of Florida. That doesn’t include what goes to the city. That doesn’t include what goes to counties.”
The track would also like to eventually add a 5,000-seat clubhouse, a 250,000 square-foot retail area, 20,000 square feet of bars and nightclubs, and 15,000 square feet of restaurants.
Officials in Bonita Springs, Florida are currently working on an agreement with a local dog track to bring slot machines to the area. If a countywide referendum passes in November and legislators decide to allow slot machines at pari-mutuels, it could potentially bring millions of dollars to the city as the location for a new Florida casino.