News: MB Taxpayers Association to Discuss Gambling Proposals at Monthly Meeting

The Miami Beach Taxpayers Association will hold an in-depth discussion of the various proposals to build a resort destination including a large gambling casino near the current site of The Miami Herald building.

The debate is scheduled for their monthly meeting next Wednesday, Nov.2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelborne Hotel. Jared Galbut, president of the association, said the organization will insist on several points from whomever wins the rights to build the new resort. They include provision for a transit link from the site to the Miami Beach Convention Center, either by extending the people mover system of Metrorail or by water transportation across Biscayne Bay.

Also, Galbut said, the association will insist that the new convention space at the resort compliment, and not compete with the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Finally, he stressed, Miami Beach should make a net profit from the development of the proposed resort.

Another feature of the monthly general meeting of the Taxpayers Association will be a discussion of the high cost of pensions for city employees.

Deede Weithorn, the only CPA on the Miami Beach city commission, and a representative of the city employees’ union will debate the need to reduce pensions.

All winners and those who qualify for runoffs in the Miami Beach city elections scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 1, will be invited to participate in the Wednesday meeting of the association.

TO?GO: Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave. Admission is free and open to all Miami Beach citizens and taxpayers. A continental breakfast will be served. For info: 305 7929711

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