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Trump National Doral Miami Resort facing a tough challenge

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The former president of the United States, Donald Trump, had some plans cooking up to incorporate a casino into the Doral Miami Resort in Florida built in 2012. If you haven’t seen the resort itself, the main building somewhat reminiscent of the white house in D.C. The exterior is simply as stunning as the internals of the luxury hotel itself. Being that the Trump National Doral is such a popular destination already, it would only make sense to fuse a casino into it. The 800-acre paradise is missing but this one aspect: gambling entertainment - it’s Miami, after all. And for a while there, the Florida Gaming Compact was on its way to allow for this idea to come to life, and the path for Trump’s new casino was nearly cleared until the recent events in early June of 2021.

Trump National Doral Miami Resort facing a tough challenge
View of Trump National Doral Miami Resort. Image: trumphotels.com

The reason for the casino addition at the Trump National Doral Resort

Not only would the addition benefit the luxury hotel to boost revenue and add excitement to visitors, but it would aid in rejuvenating the $57 million loss that left 560 workers at the resort jobless. But the loss didn’t happen due to the unsuccess of the establishment, but simply because the pandemic put a strain on travelers. And now, with everything opening back up, it would be a perfect time to add a backbone to the resort’s business.

“Many people consider Trump Doral to be unmatched from a gaming perspective — at 700 acres, properties just don’t exist of that size and quality in South Florida, let alone in the heart of Miami,” Erik Trump stated in support of the Trump hotel, knowing full well there would be a success, as well as massive competition for the opening of a casino inside the Trump National Doral Resort.

However, the Doral votes had decided to ban gambling in the area. Although the decision is not yet set in stone, it could hinder Trump from opening the casino altogether. So what went wrong?

The semantics of the law behind the decision

On Wednesday, June 9th, The Doral city council voted 4-0 casinos and gambling entertainment in the area. However, they gave some leeway allowing the city's residents to make the ultimate decision. But this doesn’t seem like it would go over too well, being that the residents are not too keen on allowing that to happen. It looks as if this was a political statement to target Trump more than anything.

The Seminole Tribe was offered a massive gambling deal as part of a negotiation to authorize that would potentially allow the former president to run the new casino. The way it works is the Tribe wouldn’t be allowed to come in between the government’s decision to grant a casino license as long as it is at least 15 miles away from the tribe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Seminole Trump doesn’t want any casinos in the area, as it would mean competition. But with the laws prohibiting them to interfere with gambling facilities outside the radius, there was a good chance Trump would be on his way to launching it. But despite the previous arrangements, the opposing politics found a loophole and now want to give no room for any proceedings in this regard.

The future of Trump’s casino plans

In short words, Florida legislators do not want Trump to run a casino in Miami due to what clearly seem to be personal reasons. The Doral Miami Resort is well past the 15-mile radius mark - so technically, there should not be an issue. Is there still hope for the casino plans in the hotel? That will solely depend on the residents and the final laws established within the following weeks.

Summary

This story is one to follow - especially knowing that The Trump Organization does not back down from the former president’s ideas. We may see some changes in the upcoming months; considering the current situation, the resort may continue operating as a luxury hotel - just without any gambling entertainment. Seeing that the business is picking up yet again after the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, the Trump National Doral Resort may not suffer so much from the lack thereof.

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