Would Casinos Hurt Miami’s Art Scene?

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By Jordan Melnick
Like a handful of similarly cash-strapped states, Florida is currently considering legislation to greatly expand gambling there. In part thanks to formidable opponents like the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Baptist Convention, and Disney World, the proposal stands a decent chance of dying on the vine during this year’s 60-day legislative session, which ends March 9. But that didn’t stop Malaysian casino giant the Genting Group from purchasing 30 acres of property on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, including the Miami Herald’s current headquarters for $236 million, back in May. Genting’s plans for the site are grandiose: Resorts World Miami would comprise four hotels, two condo towers, more than 50 restaurants and bars, a luxury retail shopping “galleria,” a 3.6-acre rooftop lagoon, and – legislation permitting – a casino on 10 million square feet of prime downtown real estate. Considering the scale of the project, it’s no surprise that it’s elicited strong reactions within Miami. Some independent businesses in and around downtown hear “50 restaurants and bars” as a death knell. Others hear the cha-ching of increased tourist dollars. Some politicians see it as a job engine, others as a traffic nightmare. Such dichotomies are common when a casino tries to come to town. But in Miami there is also a question of how gambling expansion will affect the arts?

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