Frank Nero and Luther Campbell: Great Minds Thinking Alike?

Categories: Luke's Gospel
Beacon Council President Frank Nero
The head of Miami-Dade's semi-public economic development arm is in tune with Miami's raunchiest columnist. Beacon Council President Frank Nero told the Miami Herald today that he believes plans by companies from Malaysia and Las Vegas to build mega-casino resorts in downtown Miami "would serve as vacuum cleaners that suck customers and dollars from surrounding establishments."

Nero's comments echo Luther Campbell's recent column warning Miami-Dade residents that the Genting Group's proposal to transform the Herald's waterfront property into the $3 billion Resorts World Miami would wreak havoc on local restaurants, nightclubs and shops.

"The type of resort that Genting executives are promoting will suck the life out of everything else in the Magic City and Miami Beach ... In order for the project to be successful, Genting must make sure no customer ever leaves the site."

Speaking from his prior experience as a New Jersey county commissioner during the 1970s, when casino gambling came to Atlantic City, Nero said: "Before we get on this train -- this fast moving train -- we better find out where it is going."

Nero joins a growing contingent of important people in Miami setting up roadblocks against placing casino gambling in the city's center. We recently reported on opposition being mounted by former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo against Genting's massive project, which will sit on 13 plus acres of private land the company acquired from the Herald's parent McClatchy Co. earlier this year.

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Wendy Frish
Wendy Frish

The heading should be: Two con-men think alike.  Both Luke and Nero must be on the take.  I hope someone finally exposes these parasites for the greedy people they really are.  

Fred Mariner
Fred Mariner

Luke and Nero - Poster children for the Seminoles and the Las Vegas Sands.  You stay Classy Miami.


roadblocks or payoffs?? Nero needs to stop interferring with Miami's future success. A casino will not suck the life out of mIami- look at Las Vegas. And we have much more to offer with beautiful beaches and well established landmarks. This will only enhance the area and the critics are merely protecting "other" interests or looking to get their hands greased.

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