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Miami Beach issues legal brief opposing Genting casino plan

Miami Beach officials have filed a legal brief opposing Malaysian casino operator Genting Group’s plan to build a gambling resort in downtown Miami, where the old headquarters of the Miami Herald used to stand. This January 2015 photo shows the old building being demolished.
Miami Beach officials have filed a legal brief opposing Malaysian casino operator Genting Group’s plan to build a gambling resort in downtown Miami, where the old headquarters of the Miami Herald used to stand. This January 2015 photo shows the old building being demolished. Miami Herald file

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.

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