Slot Machine referendum approved for November ballot

Residents will vote to allow slot machines in Volusia County


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Volusia County Council agreed at a meeting on Thursday that voters should weigh in at the polls on whether slot machines should be allowed.

The referendum narrowly passed with a 4-3 vote by the council.

If the bill passes it will be up to voters to decide if they want to allow slot machines at the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room.

The referendum will be put on the November ballot.

"It would bring in more money, more tourists and more business for all of us," Rhonda Vaughn said Thursday.

Vaughn is the front desk manager at the Daytona Inn Beach Resort and agrees with most business owners that slot machines at the Kennel Club would change the city.

Other people who live in Volusia County said it's a gamble they're not willing to take.

"It would be great for the hotel business, but as a local who lives here I don't know if I would want all those people in my neighborhood," Samantha Ingalls said.

Ingalls works at a local hotel and has mixed feelings about the impact slot machines could have.

She said the extra business would be beneficial but worries about the extra crime gambling may bring with it.

"Any opportunity you give people to win money, they will do whatever they can to get the money to spend," Ingalls said.

A spokesman for the Daytona International Speedway said they're in favor of anything that brings more jobs to the area.

The county council's vote came with some terms. They can pull the question off the ballot if something changes between now and November and if the Senate proposal fails.