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Jacksonville Hit Jackpot: Referendum for Slot Machine Approved

Posted by Samantha A. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017


The referendum in Duval County passes 54 to 46 percent.

The Jacksonville Bestbet that is located close to the Regency Mall has made a big score on this past Tuesday as the voters of Duval County passed the referendum that would give this facility the right to have slot machines.

This referendum 1 that was passed stated that the Bestbet that is located near the mall will be the only one that will be allowed to house slot machines and no other facility that is within a 50 mile radius that will be able to set up slot machines legally.

Commercials that were aired on television promoted the ability that it had to increase job openings as well as boosting the Regency area economics. 

But, before any of this can actually happen, the Supreme Court within Florida must finalize a ruling on a very similar case within Gadsden County.

Currently, the state is claiming that only the legislature can actually decide where and if these slot machines will be allowed.  In June Gretna Racing brought forth that the state laws does allow individual counties to call to question slot machines to the voters within the counties in the form of a referendum locally.

The Referendum 1 has been passed with a margin of 54 to 46 percent, in other words 225, 390 voters voted “yes” and 191,057 voters voted “no.”

This particular referendum actually has received a huge amount of support from leaders within the city.  In June the referendum was approved by Jacksonville City Council to be put on the ballot.

The Army Navy Outdoors store owner, Peter Litsky which is located right next to the Bestbet stated that he is very excited about all the potential that these slot machines will be bringing with them, not only to his store but to the whole area.

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