|Genting's land/sea cruise ship ready to go.|
According to the Miami Herald Genting Casinos:
The Malaysian company is preparing to launch a small cruise ship capable of whisking more than 1,500 passengers from Port Miami to its new casino two hours away in Bimini.
A draft port agreement posted Tuesday night on the county’s website outlined the deal. Genting will pay about $11 million upfront to fund the county’s refurbishment of Terminal H for the new ship, and then be reimbursed in the form of rent credits for the construction cost. The agreement, to be voted on by the County Commission next month, calls for Genting to pay the port about $7 million yearly in rent.
Why not just put the ship near their property by the former Miami Herald property? If I were Genting Company I would insist on building a big dock blocking the port turning basin. Why not?
And, Lynda Bell, a Girl for all Seasons, is in the picture big-time:
Genting executives had initial talks with port executives and county commissioners Audrey Edmonson and Lynda Bell, who heads the committee that oversees the port, during an April meeting in Singapore.
This actually sounds like a boondoggle in the making. I don't think anyone is going 4 hours round-trip to go gamble. I guess they could start gambling on the boat but then why go to Bimini at all? If they decide to do this dumb project, GOOD. Let them gamble anywhere except on our waterfront.
Genting will be paying around $20 million to open Resorts World Bimini Bay on the existing site of Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, so the rumor says.