Comments on: Malaysian giant stakes casino gambit on illegal foreign labor The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:51:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: DC Copeland Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:33:30 +0000 The Genting story sounds a lot like the Miami Marlins story where so much was given away to the team by those supposedly looking out for us– commissioners, mayors, and one notorious county manager now since fired– that the city and county ended up with the short end of the stick. I suspect Genting is betting not much has changed at city hall.

By: Chris MacLeod Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:52:52 +0000 Thank you for writing this. It needed to be said. This is clearly a development that will not do anything positive for our community.

I spoke with a friend who was heavily involved with Genting in their Foxwoods and Seneca Niagara casinos, and he said they completely reneged on their commitment to create jobs for locals, instead choosing to use a special short term visa to import workers from asia, cycling them out when their term was up.

Not to mention the effect their presence would have not only on the small businesses in the area, as well as the overall vibe of the neighborhood. We have seen Miami go in a positive direction, arts and culturally speaking, over the last decade. Genting would be a huge blow to what has been achieved.

Unfortunately, from what I hear, they are relentless with no hurdle being too big for them to overcome. I expect these issues in Bimini with the feds to be only a hiccup, as well as the FL legislature turning down gambling. I guess only time will tell…