Sandestin Residents Vote Against Proposed Casino Plans

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort owner Tom Becnel was exploring the idea of adding a casino to the resort if legislation passes. He has now decided against moving forward with the proposed project, after homeowners overwhelmingly voted against the idea.

Sandestin Residents Vote Against Proposed Casino Plans

Meagan O’Halloran
WJHG-TV

Panhandle communities are taking sides on the destination resort casino bill that would create three ‘super casinos’ in South Florida. Last week, the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Owners’ Association took a straw poll to gauge interest in the potential of gambling at the resort.

The debate continues as to whether destination resort casinos will help or hurt tourism and business in the area, but if the bill doesn’t pass through Tallahassee, it may not be an issue at all.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort owner Tom Becnel was exploring the idea of adding a casino to the resort if legislation passes. He has now decided against moving forward with the proposed project, after homeowners overwhelmingly voted against the idea.

The Sandestin Advisory Council poll results were 79% opposed to the potential project, 21% were in favor of it.

The results please Destin Area Chamber of Commerce members who have already drafted a proposed resolution against the legislation.

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