Casinos can have major impacts on a community; research shows they affect everything from local businesses to crime rates to social indicators like gambling addiction and bankruptcy.
These are all reasons why voters should be in charge of gambling expansion decisions.
Voting yes on Amendment 3 will make that happen.
Right now politicians and lobbyists in Tallahassee can put casinos anywhere they want. A prime example is Miami Beach, a city thriving with world-class restaurants, shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions.
The leaders and residents there are adamantly opposed to casinos. As one former Miami Beach mayor stated, “Casinos are for cities that don’t have a lot going for them.”
Yet gambling interests are active in Tallahassee trying to get a casino built in Miami Beach. They don’t care what voters think or what residents think.
Amendment 3 gives Floridians the final say in such decisions, which is why the big casinos so strongly oppose it.
We have so much vested in Florida’s family-friendly brand and the communities in which we live. We should have a say on an issue as important as casino gambling.
I strongly encourage everyone to vote yes on Amendment 3.
State Rep. Clay Yarborough, Jacksonville
Yarborough represents District 12 in the Florida House.
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