Gambling on Miami Beach: Tell Us What You Really Think Nancy Liebman. By Geniusofdespair
Looking for someone who would not mince words, I decided to check in with my good friend, Former City of Miami Commissioner Nancy Liebman, to get her view of the Mega-Casino Steve Wynn envisions for Miami Beach…yeah his plan was in the Miami Herald yesterday:
I sincerely doubt any educated resident would support the notion of a casino in Miami Beach AND THIS MUST BECOME A REFERENDUM. Miami Beach is already a destination as a beautiful and unique city based on years of energy in restoring its architectural heritage, creating outstanding venues for the cultural arts and rebuilding it's status as a tourist destination. We do not need gambling to save us or reinvent our imagine. Those who are promoting gamb
ling are doing so for their own self-serving interests.
The city, however, must protect itself IF the legislature SUCCUMBS to the gallant efforts being made by the casino lobby.
If casinos are let loose to trample the South Florida landscape, Miami Beach must have a plan to protect it's convention center. I do not advocate for casinos anywhere on the Beach or in the City of Miami. It would be a pathetic decision to allow a casino on the site of the convention center! If the legislature allows casinos, a casino at the foot of the Venetian Causeway is no better or worse than the Miami Beach Convention Center.
So instead of Miami Beach becoming the back door of the casino rampage while downtown Miami gets smothered in casino resorts, the city must establish its own plan to deal with
this firestorm. Hopefully the
Legislators will get it and prevent this catastrophe! Miami is not broken and gambling surely cannot fix it!
– Nancy Liebman
P.S. I am incensed by this whole gambling mood. They are taking advantage of the economic crisis to further this bad idea.