Maylasian corporate behemoth, Genting, has started a fast ferry service to Bimini where they have a small casino under construction. Genting is the company that purchased the Miami Herald building and the Omni hotel.
They brought their corporate road show to Tallahassee where they encountered more roadblocks than they had anticipated. Plans for a mega destination casino in downtown Miami were not greeted as planned. In fact Genting was sent packing with a not so subtle message from the Florida Legislature that foreigners parachuting into Florida with dreams of being met with open arms and casino approvals was just not happening.
While the legislature has approved a two-part six month study of the gaming industry, Genting decided to take their act slightly off shore to the island of Bimini fifty miles away. The new highspeed luxury ferry to Bimini got off to a slow start when Coast Guard officials delayed the maiden voyage due to minor violations on the ship. Genting is hoping up to 3,000 people a day will make the two hour trip to their almost Miami casino.
Patrons will be able to gamble on board the ferry once it clears the threemile mark into international waters.