In a move that surprises no one, Miami Beach has filed court papers opposing Malaysian casino operator Genting Group’s plan to build a gambling resort in downtown Miami.
Genting is suing Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a last-ditch effort to get legal clearance to operate a casino in the Omni area, which includes the site of the old Miami Herald headquarters.
Although Miami Beach is not a party to the lawsuit, it weighed in on the issue by filing a “friend of the court” brief. In it, the Beach’s attorneys say the city would suffer “negative economic and social consequences” should the casino be allowed to open. They argue a casino would draw tourists away from other local businesses, increase crime and worsen traffic.
The Beach has long opposed new gambling establishments in or near the island.