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Personnel note: Devon Nunneley joins Lockwood Law Firm – Nunneley, who’s practiced law in Washington, D.C., at two of the nation’s leading law firms, comes on board with JohnLockwood’s boutique regulatory law firm in Tallahassee. “Devon brings complex civil litigation experience to our firm that will enhance our gaming, administrative and cannabis law practices with her unique skill set,” Lockwood said in a statement.
News Service Florida
DEVON NUNNELEY has joined the Lockwood Law Firm. Nunneley most recently practiced law at two firms in Washington, D.C.
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“State approves ending dog races at Miami track” via Dara Kam of the News Service of Florida – The Magic City decision is rooted in a 1980 Florida law that allows Miami-Dade and Broward pari-mutuels that have the lowest betting handle for two consecutive years to convert to summer jai alai permits. But if those pari-mutuels do not seek conversion, other facilities can seek the permits. The Miami dog track’s lawyer, John Lockwood, first sought the summer jai alai permit for Magic City in 2011. In a declaratory statement … state regulators said Florida law gives the track the green light to do away with dog races, as long as the jai alai matches take place at the same facility where the current greyhound permit is operated. “The jai alai fronton is going to take up significantly less space than the greyhound track, so this frees up West Flagler to develop its property to the highest and best use,” Lockwood said.
News Service Florida
THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, July 20, 2017……… Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a first-of-its-kind ruling. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Wednesday granted a request from West Flagler Associates, which operates Magic City Casino in Miami, to replace dog races with jai alai matches, as part of a drawn-out legal dispute over a controversial “summer jai alai” permit.
Jacksonville Business Journal
A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida’s seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal involving Aphria Inc., a marijuana grower and processor based in Ontario, and Chestnut Hill comes on the verge of a massive expansion of Florida’s medical-marijuana market, sparked by a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical pot.
Thousands of gray-market slot machines could pop up in sports bars and strip malls, full-scale slot machines might launch in at least eight counties and several new cardrooms could open in South Florida, thanks to lawmakers’ failure to pass gambling legislation this session.
Naples Daily News
TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers are closer to a gambling deal that could expand gambling in Florida and toss a requirement that sites offer dog racing or other live events if they want to feature card games.
TALLAHASSEE—In a decision that opens the door for a poker room in downtown Miami — and possibly others throughout South Florida — an appeals court on Tuesday decided that gambling regulators were wrong to deny a new pari-mutuel permit to a Miami operator.
Panama City News Herald
Florida gambling overseers were wrong to do away with a rule governing controversial “designated player” card games at pari-mutuel facilities without replacing the regulations, an administrative law judge said Friday.