FYI Miami: August 16, 2018
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GAMBLING JACKPOT: The operator of Miami’s Magic City Casino has spent $525,000 on trying to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling. West Flagler Associates Ltd. contributed the money July 31 to political committee “Vote NO on 3,” according to a report on the Division of Elections website. That was the first contribution to the committee, which formed in July. The report also shows the committee paying $523,600 to IGT Media Holdings Inc. for a radio ad. The proposed amendment, which will appear as Amendment 3 on the November ballot, has been backed by millions from Disney Worldwide Services Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which each contributed $5 million to the political committee Voters in Charge, which is leading the efforts to pass the amendment. The committee had about $20 million on hand as of Aug. 3. If 60% of voters approve, it would change the Florida Constitution and give voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling.” It would require voter approval of casino-style games and reduce the power of the Legislature and governor to decide gambling-related issues.
BORED? JOIN A BOARD: Sixty-six boards that advise the Miami-Dade County Commission are below optimum membership, according to the county clerk’s website. Advisory groups in need of members including the Asian American Advisory Board, Black Affairs Advisory Board, Board of Rules and Appeals, Commission on Human Rights, Community Relations Board, Construction Trades Qualifying Board Division B, Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Board, Neat Streets Miami, Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee, Small Business Enterprise Architecture & Engineering and Spay/Neuter Miami Foundation Inc. Details: http://www8.miamidade.gov/Apps/BOCC/BoardVacancies/ViewBoards.aspx.
13 MILLION VOTERS: Slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures from the state Division of Elections. Exactly 13,013,657 persons are registered, compared with 12.37 million registered for the 2016 primaries and 11.8 million for the 2014 primaries. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans, 4,839,434 to 4,594,133. The total of “no party affiliation” voters has climbed to 3,493,494, about 27% of the electorate, up from slightly more than 2.91 million, or about 23.6%, during the 2016 primaries. Miami-Dade County has 586,648 registered Democrats, outnumbering registered Republicans.