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The city of Doral in Florida’s Miami-Dade County voted unanimously on Wednesday to officially ban gambling and casinos in the city, potentially putting in jeopardy reported plans for former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer House Republican to challenge DeWine for Ohio gubernatorial nomination GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot Overnight Defense: Austin directs classified initiatives to counter China | Biden emphasizes alliances in speech to troops | Lockdown lifted at Texas base after reported shooting MORE’s Doral golf resort to establish its own casino. 

With the 4-0 vote from the Doral City Council, properties wishing to establish gambling or a casino must get a request approved by residents in a referendum. 

The move follows last month’s approval from the Florida state legislature for a 30-year compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state of Florida. 

Under the agreement, the tribe would be prohibited from interfering if the state government decides to give a gambling license to a facility that is more than 15 miles “in a straight line” from the tribe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Trump’s Doral resort is located about 18 miles from the Hard Rock, thus opening the door should Trump seek a gambling license for his resort, which he purchased in 2012 and spent roughly $250 million renovating. 

Eric TrumpEric TrumpLara Trump on Senate bid: ‘No for now, not no forever’ Lara Trump disputes report that father-in-law is discussing reinstalment Trump lashes out after grand jury seated for New York criminal probe MORE, the former president’s son who runs the Trump Doral, indicated earlier this year that the Trump Organization would be interested in establishing a casino at Doral. 

“Many people consider Trump Doral to be unmatched from a gaming perspective — at 700 acres, properties just don’t exist of that size and quality in South Florida, let alone in the heart of Miami,” Trump told The Washington Post in March. 

However, the Doral City Council in May voted in favor of an emergency ordinance banning casinos in city limits, with Wednesday’s vote approving the measure on a nonemergency basis. 

Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez told the Miami Herald ahead of Wednesday’s vote that the city “wanted to make sure we weighed in.” 

Local officials have expressed fears that casinos would negatively impact their communities, with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber writing a letter to the Department of the Interior asking that the federal government reject Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida to allow rainbow lights on city bridge for Pride Month after backlash Rebekah Jones’s Twitter account suspended, DeSantis cheers Biden shifts from Obama on Cuba post-Florida losses MORE’s (R) gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe. 

DeSantis, a vocal ally of Donald Trump, at a bill signing this week pushed back on speculation that the compact was established to benefit the former president or any single individual looking to establish casinos across the state. 

“Some of these partisan politicians are always trying to elevate themselves with any cheap headline they can get, trying to inject Trump into this … they just can’t help themselves, » DeSantis argued. 

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