Feb. 05 --Floridians had looked forward to this year's extensive and comprehensive review of gambling. We looked forward to what lawmakers promised to be an opportunity to take inventory of all the different forms of gaming in our midst and decide what makes sense for our future. No more piecemeal approach, we were told. The prospect earned added local interest with Florida Sen. Garrett Richter of Naples , flush with banking know-how, at the helm of the project and Lee County voters eager to see if a non-binding ballot in favor of slot machines at the Bonita dog track would make any difference. Now key lawmakers seem to be pulling back from the timing, with this being a gubernatorial election year. While we understand politicians desire to clear the deck of distractions, with another year left in the state's important pact with tbe Seminole Indians, we say bring it on. What is to gain from further inaction, uncertainty and even improvisation with Internet cafes? Voters can handle the debate and conflicting views on gambling as a boon to the economy or menace to society, and all the media advertising that is bound to come with it. Politicians should be up for the test as well. This is an opportunity to listen and lead. All eyes are on Tallahassee . The stakes are too high to put off the decisions any longer. ___ (c)2014 the Naples Daily News (Naples, Fla.) Visit the Naples Daily News (Naples, Fla.) at www.naplesnews.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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