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Florida city blocks Trump casino by officially banning gambling

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The city of Doral in Florida’s Miami-Dade County voted on Wednesday to ban gambling and casinos, effectively blocking reported plans by Donald Trump’s Doral golf resort to build its own casino, The Hill reports.

The Doral City Council voted 4-0 to require entities looking to build casinos for gambling to first get approval from residents.

From The Hill:

The move follows last month’s approval from the Florida state legislature for a 30-year compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state of Florida.

Under the agreement, the tribe would be prohibited from interfering if the state government decides to give a gambling license to a facility that is more than 15 miles “in a straight line” from the tribe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Trump’s Doral resort is located about 18 miles from the Hard Rock, thus opening the door should Trump seek a gambling license for his resort, which he purchased in 2012 and spent roughly $250 million renovating. 

Local officials say casinos would negatively impact their communities.

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