Anti-Gaming Decree Ruled Invalid

Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Administrative Law Judge Linda Rigot issued a summary final order in the case regarding the Day Cruise Association, which challenged Florda Gov. Jeb Bush's proposed rule to prohibit cruise-to-nowhere vessels from operating gaming cruises from state-owned docking facilities after the expiration of their "sovereign submerged land" leases. Rigot's final order stated the proposed rule "is an invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority because the Trustees have exceeded their grant of rulemaking authority." The Day Cruise Association is an association of private companies, controlling 17 vessels providing "cruises to nowhere" in Florida.

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