Lawsuit Aimed at Stopping Casino Boat

Thursday, March 02, 2000
Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth filed a complaint in Volusia Circuit Court, seeking to force SunCruz Casinos to get rid of the slot machines and other casino games on one of its cruise-to-nowhere boats, which docks in Ponce Inlet. The refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to tamper with a lower court ruling that federal law does not prevent states from deciding their existing laws prohibiting land-based casino gaming also apply to cruise-to-nowhere operations may have been the motivation for the complaint. States are not required to pass new anti-gambling laws aimed specifically at offshore gaming, according to last year's ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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