Tue, October 06, 2015
Yesterday morning we reported that the First District Court of Appeal granted a rehearing of the Gretna slot machine case. Based on this motion being granted, we assumed there would be a re-hearing en banc before all of the First DCA judges.
But the First DCA today also released a reversal of its earlier decision on this case, with a new judge taking the place of one of judges on the case who recently retired.
In reversing its earlier decision, the court affirmed the Division of Parimutuel Wagering’s decision to deny a slot machine license to the Gretna barrel racing track, since Florida law does not provide for non-tribal slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
The First DCA also certified the case to the Florida Supreme Court, where we hope the court will not only affirm the current statutory interpretation of the First DCA, but also take up the issue of whether it is constitutional to have non-tribal slot machines outside of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
No Casinos applauds this new ruling.