State says Gretna ruling should stand

By News Service of Florida
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Attorneys for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a major ruling that blocked a Gadsden County pari-mutuel facility from having slot machines.

The Supreme Court in May unanimously ruled that Gretna Racing does not have the legal authority for slot machines, though Gadsden County voters approved the lucrative games in a referendum.

The Supreme Court ruling also affected pari-mutuel facilities in seven other counties --- Brevard, Duval, Hamilton, Lee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Washington --- where voters have approved slots.

Attorneys for Gretna filed a motion June 2 asking the Supreme Court for a rehearing, with the request focused heavily on counties' home-rule powers.

But in a six-page response Monday, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said the horse track's request should be turned down.

“The (Supreme) Court has thoroughly considered the issue in this case and resolved it unanimously,” the department's response said. “The motion for rehearing should be denied.”


News Service of Florida