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Last week a casino shuttle boat caught fire killing one person, and it brought into question the value and legality of offshore gambling ships. These floating casinos were once quite popular, there were over 20 boats operating in Florida alone in the mid 2000s, but that number has dwindled significantly and ...
Florida captain hailed for steering his boat into a sandbar after it burst into flames saving 49 passengers, claims he's no hero and can't 'put out of his ... Batten's job was to shuttle casino cruise passengers from the dock to a larger ship, the Tropical Breeze, in international waters where gambling is legal.

Now just four days later, the Tropical Breeze has its seafaring casino back up and running. With the shuttle damaged beyond pair, the casino ship began picking up passengers in Port Richey this morning. Once the boat is at least 12 miles offshore where Florida laws no longer govern gambling, the slots ...
The Kolokithases, who had leased SunCruz boats in exchange for sharing dock space in Tampa Bay with Boulis -- and splitting the profits -- continued in the offshore gambling business undeterred. They fought over their right to use the SunCruz name in court with the company's new owners while at the ...
The Kolokithases, who had leased SunCruz boats in exchange for sharing dock space in Tampa Bay with Boulis -- ultimately splitting the profits -- continued in the offshore gambling business undeterred. They fought over their right to use the SunCruz name in court with the company's new owners while at ...

A casino shuttle boat headed into the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Sunday, forcing 50 passengers to jump into chilly water just off a residential neighborhood. The boat was headed into international waters, where gambling is legal, when the fire broke out just after 4 p.m. Read more from the residents and first ...
Port Richey (FOX 13) - A casino shuttle boat was engulfed in flames near Pasco County, killing one person and injuring a dozen others. Passengers were seen jumping ... For Darrell and Shelia, they're going to take a break from the games after gambling with their lives, they say. "I think this is the last of our ...
However, GOP lawmakers - who control the S.C. House and hold a majority of the seats in the state Senate - remain staunchly opposed to the idea. They say more gambling will bring more crime and addiction, and question the poll's findings. National pollsters incorrectly predicted Democrat Hillary Clinton ...
The Horry County Council agreed to a settlement with Big M Gaming and SunCruz to recoup $484,272 of the $700,000 SunCruz owed the county in boarding fees it had stopped paying. A county ordinance required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as a boarding fee. County Attorney Arrigo Carotti said ...
Boulis, a Greek national, was forced to sell SunCruz casinos, a fleet of 11 ships that offered "cruises to nowhere," bringing passengers far enough out to sea that Florida's laws against gambling did not apply. The fleet brought in millions of dollars a year, and the offer for it was $147.5 million.
The failed Island Breeze day-casino cruise boat is getting closer to re-launching under a new name and operator. By early July, the 600-passenger casino boat could be sailing again from the Port of Palm Beach as the Blue Horizon, said Robert Weisberg, managing partner of its new operator, PB Gaming ...
Big M bought the defunct SunCruz casino late last summer after SunCruz' July 28 closing, and Horry County Council agreed to a settlement to recoup $484,272 of the $700,000 SunCruz owed the county in boarding fees. In February 2008, Horry County passed an ordinance that required casino boats to ...
The SunCruz casino, one of the Grand Strand's only two legal gambling boats, abruptly ceased all operations in July, according to a message left on the ... of the SunCruz, the purchase by Big M Gaming of the business of SunCruz and the property, the settlement, and operation by Big M of a casino boat ...
There were once as many as 35 gambling boats operating out of Florida ports in the 1990s, he said. SunCruz had 11 of them. But most of those are long gone. Come Tuesday, Victory will bring that number back up to five. The reason, Bullock said, is simple: "The Seminole tribe got gaming. Boats in Tampa ...
Before it came to North Charleston for its extended stay, the ship operated offshore gambling cruises about 15 years ago as Sun Cruz VII out of Little River in ... A website for the ship described it as being the "finest casino cruise vessel" with two floors of Las Vegas-style gaming with 240 slot machines and ...
New ownership is behind the venture called Jacks or Better Casino, which will depart from the same Mayport dock that gambling boats previously used over the years. And the investors have ... The boat will have 200 slot machines, 14 gaming tables, and space for up to 500 passengers. The boat is smaller ...

A recorded message for the SunCruz service in Myrtle Beach said the ship wouldn't be sailing Thursday but passengers should check back about resumption of service. In Jacksonville, SunCruz has a lease on privately owned waterfront in Mayport for docking the gambling ship. SunCruz sails far enough ...
Nearly seven in 10 South Carolinians like the idea of legalizing casinos to pay to repair the state's crumbling roads, according to a new poll.
Big "M" Casino bought the SunCruz property for $2 million in August ... to a settlement with Big M Gaming and SunCruz to recoup $484,272 of the ... A county ordinance required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as ... "The owner of the Big 'M' has the business responsibility of placing the boat wherever ...
Boulis, a Greek national, was forced to sell SunCruz casinos, a fleet of 11 ... far enough out to sea that Florida's laws against gambling did not apply. ... the SunCruz boats, and additional payments would be made to Ferrari's ...
The failed Island Breeze day-casino cruise boat is getting closer to re-launching ... It's now in the final stages of reconnecting operational and gaming systems ... Weisberg, a former SunCruz casino executive, said the two ...
Big M bought the defunct SunCruz casino late last summer after SunCruz' ... that required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as a boarding fee. ... from Big M Gaming for about seven more years after the lone casino boat ...
Big "M" Casino, which already operates a gambling ship out of Little River, is getting ready to launch a second vessel, according to a news ...
Big M seeks to purchase assets from closed SunCruz casino boat ... two legal gambling boats, abruptly ceased all operations in July, according to ... the business activities of the SunCruz, the purchase by Big M Gaming of the ...
It's a big boat, dwarfing the charter fishing boats tied up nearby at the Mayport docks. ... Victory Casino Cruises is bringing gambling back to Mayport, or more ... SunCruz casinos operated there from 2001 to 2009, when it suddenly ... The reason, Bullock said, is simple: "The Seminole tribe got gaming.
The MV Diamond Royale, also known as MV Sun Cruz VII, had no visible ... An abandoned casino boat with a checkered past is being offered Friday ... from North Charleston after the city ordinance allowed offshore gambling cruises. ... of Las Vegas-style gaming with 240 slot machines and tables for poker, ...
Gambling cruises will return to Mayport this fall, filling the void left ... The boat will have 200 slot machines, 14 gaming tables, and space for up to 500 passengers. The boat is smaller than the SunCruz vessel that could hold up to 600. ... Those boats are a short distance from the Jacks or Better ship that's ...
The SunCruz casino ship won't be sailing from the St. Johns River in ... on privately owned waterfront in Mayport for docking the gambling ship.
Nearly seven in 10 South Carolinians like the idea of legalizing casinos to pay to repair the state's crumbling roads, according to a new poll.
Big "M" Casino bought the SunCruz property for $2 million in August ... to a settlement with Big M Gaming and SunCruz to recoup $484,272 of the ... A county ordinance required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as ... "The owner of the Big 'M' has the business responsibility of placing the boat wherever ...
Boulis, a Greek national, was forced to sell SunCruz casinos, a fleet of 11 ... far enough out to sea that Florida's laws against gambling did not apply. ... the SunCruz boats, and additional payments would be made to Ferrari's ...
The failed Island Breeze day-casino cruise boat is getting closer to re-launching ... It's now in the final stages of reconnecting operational and gaming systems ... Weisberg, a former SunCruz casino executive, said the two ...
Big M bought the defunct SunCruz casino late last summer after SunCruz' ... that required casino boats to pay $7 per passenger as a boarding fee. ... from Big M Gaming for about seven more years after the lone casino boat ...
Big M seeks to purchase assets from closed SunCruz casino boat ... two legal gambling boats, abruptly ceased all operations in July, according to ... the business activities of the SunCruz, the purchase by Big M Gaming of the ...
Victory Casino Cruises which begins operating out of Mayport on Tuesday. Some of the more than 300 slots on board. The gaming room as two ...
The MV Diamond Royale, also known as MV Sun Cruz VII, had no ... An abandoned casino boat with a checkered past is being offered Friday to the high bidder. ... which said in a sale notice that the gambling ship is being offered "as-is ... Las Vegas-style gaming with 240 slot machines and tables for poker, ...
New casino ship antes up to resume where SunCruz casinos stopped ... gives a tour of the new casino boat that is undergoing renovations in ... Mayport dock that gambling boats previously used over the years. ... The boat will have 200 slot machines, 14 gaming tables, and space for up to 500 passengers.
The SunCruz casino ship won't be sailing from the St. Johns River in ... on privately owned waterfront in Mayport for docking the gambling ship.
Dice bounce on the craps table on the SunCruz casino boat off the coast of Horry County. Gambling is ... In an October 2014 Winthrop Poll, 47.3 percent of S.C.
According to The Washington Post, Abramoff and a business partner were "charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy in their purchase of a fleet of Florida gambling boats from a businessman who was later killed in a gangland ...


 

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