Now that the Fla House has tabled the destination casino bill for the balance of 2012 we need to look at On-Line gambling parlors. Sheriffs in Pasco & Pinellas Counties have already taken the bull by the horns by closing them, since they are illegal gambling operations. My fair County, Hillsborough, has outlawed them. Bravo to the Sheriff's in Pasco & Pinellas and thank you to the my County Leaders in Hillsborough!!!
These "Gambling" centers were mostly located in strip malls near lower income communities. No matter if they used "Phone Cards" & "Points" to play these games...in the end end you the customer/sucker used your dollars to play a unregulated casino style games. This would be a larger story if these parlors were to pop up in S. Tampa or Winter Park in Orlando, the white Upper Class would be up in arms over it. Using their property values has a whip to force city $ state leaders to stop this end run around Florida's gambling laws. The Tampa Bay Times, in it's
Opinion Section, uses the Seminole Indian Compact as a reason to ban this type of gambling state wide. It's true. The Seminole Compact does state we have "Given" exclusive gaming rights to the Seminoles. (leaving S Florida out for our pimping).
We need to stop leaving this issue to Disney & other state wide lobbies and stand up for US, the people of Florida. As I've said before, look at the City of Detroit. They looked to Gambling to save the city. It didn't work, the city is still broke and worst yet their Gov. Is in the process of taking over the city's fInances due to miss-management.
Gaming in Florida is not the answer & cheap ways around laws only affect the people who can least afford it.