DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott was in Volusia County Friday, touting tourism and jobs. Both are important to the
county, and now, gambling has become part of the local conversation.
"I love it when people create a new experience, new memory, for people to come to Florida," said Scott.
Scott was in town as three major hotels are moving forward with plans to build in Daytona Beach, including the Hard Rock, which has a phase two that representatives say could accommodate gambling, if it should become legalized.
Representatives with the Daytona International Speedway, which is currently being renovated, said they would also explore that opportunity.
"Do you think gambling would be a good fit for Florida and places like Daytona?" Channel 9 reporter Blaine Tolison asked Scott.
"Well, here's what I
State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, who represents Volusia County, said the Senate Gaming Committee is expected to come up with recommendations for expanding gambling in Florida, possibly by early next year. Right now, both Hukill and Scott said they are focused on tourism and jobs.
"What I'm excited about, 91 million tourists last
"That's the hallmark of his
Hukill said there are many things for that committee to consider, such as the current forms of gambling, like dog tracks and