Press: Gold Coast Gambling

Should a paper put its money where its mouth is?

Southern Florida's Gold Coast, a narrow strip of sun-drenched sand and aging hotels that stretches north from Miami Beach, has fallen on bad times: the beaches have been slipping into the Atlantic and the tourists are slipping north to Disney World and south to Caribbean casinos. So some of the area's businessmen have been pressing hard for the legalization of casino gambling, a matter voters will decide in a Nov. 7 referendum.

The measure is opposed by Governor Reubin Askew, clergymen, parimutuel operators—and many...

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