Slot machines win, lose in south Florida

March 9, 2005 at 10:48 AM
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MIAMI, March 9 (UPI) -- Voters in two south Florida counties have given slot machines a win and a loss, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The voters approved putting the slots in horse and dog racing tracks and a jai-alai fronton in Broward County by a 57 percent to 42 percent margin.

Slot machines will now be allowed at Gulfstream Park thoroughbred track, Pompano Beach Harness Track, Hollywood Dog Track and Dania Jai-alai.

But in Miami-Dade County the vote was 52 percent to 48 percent against slot machines at Calder Race Course for thoroughbreds, Flagler Dog Track and Miami Jai-alai fronton.

The state Legislature must now write the rules for the slots in the area surrounding Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and allocate the proceeds, including the tax money.

Supporters of the slot machines had emphasized approval would mean more money for education.

Both supporters and opponents of the machines said they expect the issue to come up again in Miami-Dade County in two years.

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