The following is a press release from United Florida Horsemen. I am reprinting it here because of the battle the Standardbred horsemen at Pompano Park are dealing with along with the rest of the racing industry. As important as the battle in Florida is, success of the Decoupling forces in Florida will set off an assault on racing in other states.
Some Say the Battle for Florida's Gambling Market Could
Be Fought at the County Level
Nearly 10,000 licensed Florida racehorse owners,
trainers and breeders who live, work and do business in each of
Florida's counties can't take that chance.
Does the casino industry already have an
irrevocable stranglehold on Florida?
why United Florida Horsemen is reaching out to our local officials to
tell them the futures of our horsemen, their small businesses and the
thousands of Floridians we employ statewide are on the chopping block
in the 2016 Florida Legislative Session because of "decoupling," an
obscure line-item hidden
in the Seminole Gaming Compact.
Florida Horsemen is an advocacy group of Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse
and Standardbred horsemen who
do business in Florida. We're also voters, residents, taxpayers,
parents and neighbors. We oppose decoupling because it will kill our
business and put our horsemen out of work--precisely what Big Casinos
we're asking you to take time to get the facts and tell our Florida
legislators to stand against decoupling--a full-scale gambling
expansion in disguise that would ultimately eliminate Florida's
longstanding and top-ranked horse racing and breeding industry. While lawmakers debate the
merits of using taxpayer dollars to lure out-of-state corporations, the
irony of allowing "decoupling" to gift Big Casinos with our
economic development funds and simultaneously kill profitable
businesses that have been here for decades must be addressed.
"Now, many in Tallahassee are being urged to
embrace decoupling, which would allow for a vast expansion of
casino-style gambling in our state with little direct economic return.
In fact, it would most likely lead to a huge economic loss for the
state . . . Decoupling would allow for vast expansion of gambling with
no benefit to anyone buy gambling corporations."
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Florida's horse racing industry is consistently
ranked among the top two states. Decoupling will eliminate our competitive
edge and any reasons for investors to do business here.
horsemen are gravely concerned that “decoupling” will trigger a
statewide gambling avalanche, extract money out of Florida’s economy
and siphon it back to Big Casinos, disabling our heretofore successful
horse racing industry from competing for business with other, more
horse racing-friendly states. "Decoupling" tells potential
investors that “Florida is closed for business.”