Florida Slot Casino to Start Construction Soon - Thursday 12th of May 2005

Broward County's first non-Indian slots casino will start construction within two weeks and be open for New Year's Eve, the Pompano Park harness track said Wednesday. "Pompano Park Racing, which operates the track, said it expects to get a building permit as early as Monday for a 157,000-square-foot building that will hold as many as 2,000 slot machines. Jerome Sanzone, the city's building official, confirmed approval of the permit is near.

"…The Pompano Beach Planning and Zoning Board approved the site plan for the $1.6 million Phase 1, which calls for the slots and a poker room, last week. The plan also calls for large TV screens showing live races in tracks across the country so people can watch and wager while they eat, two large bar/lounges, a medium-priced food court and two upscale restaurants with up to 500 seats. "…The 41-year-old Pompano Park harness track, near Atlantic Boulevard and Powerline Road, already attracts thousands of spectators four nights a week to gamble at the races and poker tables. The casino will have a Caribbean theme.

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