USA – It has been announced today that residents, neighbourhood groups, including businesses and homeowners’ associations have filed a motion of legal action to stop a backdoor gambling deal between a local development group and Miami city officials.
The motion has been filed by Norman Braman; an American billionaire car dealer, art collector, and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, who said the latest filing ‘is a motion to intervene in the federal case in which a bogus lawsuit was ‘settled’ through a sweetheart deal and as an end around the zoning code. The City and West Flagler were on the same side, leaving Miami citizens on the outside whose interests were otherwise trampled on by City officials’.
The proposed Interveners, including businesses founded by Mr. Braman, are represented by Stearns Weaver Miller.
Braman continued to explain why the motion has been filed and what it means for Miami residents during this difficult time:
“We regret to be forced to file this motion to protect the right of all Miami residents to have a say as to whether Miami should allow gambling. But we have an obligation to preserve our rights. West Flagler’s claimed right to have a jai alai fronton in Edgewater is a 2012 letter issued in secret and obtained without any notice or process. If the City of Miami is going to allow gambling—and I’ve long said it should not—then notice must be given to Miami’s residents so that they can have a meaningful say and hold elected officials responsible.”
Norman Braman owns a number of car dealerships in the region, including; Cadillac, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Fiat, Lancia, and Toyota.
The Pennsylvania 87 year old also spoke about the unfortunate event but highlighted that priorities must be met during the current and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic:
“It’s unfortunate that the City Attorney and West Flagler entered into this settlement approving a gambling facility in the midst of the ongoing health crisis. But the pandemic will not prevent Miami’s citizens from protecting their quality of life or from ensuring the City’s long-term prosperity. We will take those actions necessary to protect our rights, and we hope the City Attorney and West Flagler refrain from further action towards advancing a gambling facility while the public is focused on more important issues.”