Doral, Florida, votes to ban gambling, putting Trump’s casino dream to rest.
The community of Doral, Florida, has decided to prohibit gambling, effectively ruling out the possibility of a casino at former President Barack Obama’s golf course there.
The Doral city council voted 4-0 on Wednesday to prohibit gambling and casinos in the city unless people approved them in a referendum, according to the Miami Herald.
The move comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump supporter, reached an agreement with the Seminole Tribe for a $500 million gambling compact that would allow the former president to develop a casino at his Trump National Doral Miami Resort, which is operated by his son Eric Trump.
In May, the Doral city council passed an emergency law prohibiting casinos from operating within the city limits. On a non-emergency basis, the same law was passed on Wednesday.
Before the vote, Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez told the Herald, “We wanted to make sure we weighed in.” “We will take whatever action is required.”
To improve revenue, Eric Trump has been lobbying to turn the ailing Doral resort into a casino.
Doral “would be an obvious choice” for a gambling license, he told The Washington Post in March.
“Many people believe Trump Doral to be unrivaled in terms of gamingâ€”at 700 acres, properties of that scale and quality just do not exist in South Florida, let alone in the center of Miami, “he stated
We reached out to the Trump Organization for comment.
According to Bloomberg News, the Doral resort’s revenue dropped by $57 million last year compared to 2015, resulting in the layoff or furlough of 560 employees.
The Seminole Tribe cannot object to gaming licenses for locations more than 15 miles away from the tribe’s Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, under DeSantis’ agreement, which was approved by the Florida Senate last month. According to the Herald, the Doral resort is around 18 miles distant.
At a bill signing last week, DeSantis hit back at criticism that the gambling compact was designed to benefit Trump or Jeffrey Soffer, the owner of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior urging the government to reject the gambling deal.
Gelder noted that several investigative reports “make clear that Florida Governor DeSantis and representatives of the Seminole. This is a brief summary.