January, 2012:

Resort Casino at Sandestin?

A Sandestin town hall meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. January 10th at the Linkside Conference Center’s Grand Ballroom.  Only  Sandestin  Resort owners may attend, according to Sandy Matteson who serves as executive director of the Sandestin Owners Association (SOA).  Northwest Florida Daily News seems to have taken offense at the fact that news media is not invited to the event.


According the SOA website, Sandestin CEO  Tom Becnel will present his ideas to the homeowners.  Ideas with regard to opening a “small entertainment-based gaming facility” just west of the Marriott Courtyard on Highway 98.


This may all be moot as Florida Senate president Don Gaetz has stated in no uncertain terms that he does not support the bill in the Florida Legislature that would create a State Gaming Commission.  The bill is structured in such a manner so as to possibly/eventually  license up to five gambling casinos in Florida but again, passage seems unlikely.