South Florida Business Journal by Oscar Pedro Musibay, Reporter
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011, 4:28pm EST – Last Modified: Monday, November 7, 2011,
State Sen. Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff said she opposes gambling, but sponsored a bill that would create three licenses for destination resorts to provide strategic direction to the industry and avoid a Las Vegas-style look in Florida.
Although state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, sponsored a bill that could grant Las Vegas-style gambling licenses to destination resorts in Florida, she is against gambling, she said Monday at an event in Miami.
This calls for a Scooby-Doo level shaking of the head and a doggy sound effect: “Ruh-roh.”
Bogdanoff explained her position while speaking at the Destination Gaming – Is it in the Cards? panel at Jungle Island.
“I’m not pro-gaming,” said Bogdanoff, affirming that her sponsorship of the legislation was a proactive move, to make sure Florida didn’t end up looking like Las Vegas. She said gambling had been encroaching on Florida for decades without much direction, because everyone wanted to avoid the issue. If she had her druthers, she would eliminate Lotto, which is where the Sunshine State opened the door to gambling in the first place. She supports a referendum to eliminate it. But for now, she hopes her bill will provide strategic direction to the wayward industry.
Does this remind anyone of doublethink? In, “1984,” George Orwell described it as “… to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it ….”
I understand Bogdanoff is trying to show she is taking responsibility for the world as it exists today, a world that includes gambling and will include it in the future. So, is her argument that she
opposes gambling in stark conflict with her actions?
Bogdanoff said she expected the push for parity from pari-mutuels would change the bill’s specifications for what would be allowed, if mega resorts are eventually allowed to expand on current gambling.
The bottom line for her is that she would rather the state have the promise of five-star hotels that destination resorts could bring to the market, instead of the Internet cafés in strip shopping centers that currently exist in Miami, she said.