May 13, 2015
Tallahassee, FL - The 1st District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments today to determine if Gretna Racing should be issued a slot machine license.
Judges heard arguments centering around the debate over an advisory legal opinion issued by Attorney General Pam Bondi which deems a January 2012 vote by Gadsden County residents approving a slots license worthless and has left the county in limbo for several years.
“The voters of Gadsden County cast their vote and made their support for a slots license clear more than three years ago,” said Rep. Alan Williams, D-8. “We hope that the judges of the 1st DCA will let the will of the voters be heard and allow us to move forward with this opportunity for growth in our community.”
Despite Gadsden County voters approving the referendum that would bring various economic development opportunities to the county, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), has yet to issue Gretna’s license based on the attorney general’s advisory legal opinion claiming that the Division did not have the authority to issue a slot machine license to Gretna, despite the approval of a county-wide referendum.
“Three years is long enough,” said City of Gretna Commissioner Clarence Jackson.
“It’s time to let Gadsden County residents move forward with the opportunities and economic development they clearly cast their vote in support of.”
In a January 31, 2012 referendum, voters went to the polls and answered the question: Shall slot machine gaming be approved for use at the pari-mutuel horse track facility in Gretna, FL? More than 62 percent of Gadsden County voters cast their ballot in support of slot machines at the pari-mutuel facility Gretna Racing.
About Creek Entertainment Gretna: Creek Entertainment Gretna is a state-of-art barrel racetrack in Gretna, Florida, 27 miles West of Tallahassee, Florida. The facility was awarded a pari-mutuel horse racing license by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) in 2011 and conducted pari-mutuel horse races in December 2012.