Thank you Norman Braman and Dan Gelber for your hard work and advocacy to do the right thing on this important casino issue. The UEL also helped lead the way. And the testimony of Grace Solares, former President of MNU, before the legislative committee yesterday was apparently also critical in the overall effort. As people came to more fully understand the issue – they became more and more skeptical about the dubious economic benefits of casinos in the face of the horrendous social costs and huge and inapprorpiate scale of the Genting project.
Now, in my view, the need is to shift the public effort and find ways to address the larger issues of jobs, jobs, jobs for the people of the Miami area in a concerted public-private effort – and to consider and plan alternative visions to rebuild the downtown area as a city
center everyone can point to with great pride. It’s not impossible. Even Genting can reconsider their own vision for this area in concert with the input of