Fontainebleau Miami Wants to Be More Like Fontainebleau Vegas
The Fontainebleau Las Vegas -- coming in Fall 2009 -- will have a casino.
The Fontainebleau Miami -- reopening in November -- does not.
Apparently, the owners of the ritzy (and soon to be ritzier) Miami hotel want to change that. According to the Miami Herald, the owners of the Fontainebleau have put money into a new political committee dedicated to bringing casino gambling to Miami.
The committee -- headed up by a pair of developers working on 25-acre Miami Worldcenter -- has hired lawyers to draft a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a casino initiative for possible placement on the 2010 ballot.
The amendment calls for:
Las Vegas-style casino gambling, including craps, keno, roulette, blackjack and slot machines. The games could be offered at the Miami Worldcenter location, any of seven existing parimutuels in Miami-Dade or Broward and the now dormant Hialeah racetrack, and a hotel in Miami Beach that has "over 800 lodging rooms" -- a designation that applies only to the Fontainebleau.
The Fontainebleau owners forked over $30,000 to donate to the committee -- but their people have been working hard to send the message that the committee is just an "exploratory committee" that will propose new ideas for Miami's city center. Mmmmhmmm...