A Florida House panel has approved a plan that would send money to the city of Gretna for its water booster station. Representative Ramon Alexander says the funds will support the growth of the community.

Jeff Kubina

Lawmakers have folded on plans to pass a comprehensive gambling overhaul bill this legislative session.

Peeking at cards during a poker game
Michał Parzuchowski /

Gambling is shaping up to be a major issue this legislative session. A bill filed in the Senate touches nearly every aspect of the industry from fantasy sports to greyhound racing. And each of those issues carries its own set of implications. For some it’s about finding more money to fund state projects, for others it’s about entertainment or spending time with friends and for those living in the city of Gretna it’s about jobs and a path toward stability.

Jeff Kubina

After a Tallahassee Appeals Court reversed its decision and ruled legislative approval is needed for pari-mutuels to operate slot machines, a track in Gretna is hoping the state Supreme Court will take the case.

Attorney Marc Dunbar with the firm Jones Walker, is representing Creek Entertainment in Gretna. He says the question is really a state-wide issue, with several pari-mutuels other than North Florida's involved.

A Judge in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida can’t allow a certain type of horse racing. The ruling against what’s called “pari-mutuel barrel racing” came after 16 months of hearings.

New Chamber Of Commerce Caters To Minorities, Women

Nov 14, 2012
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

A new local chamber of commerce is offering its services to businesses owned by minorities and women. The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce announced its launch on Wednesday.

The Big Bend Minority Chamber aims to  serve business owners in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin and Gadsden counties. Gretna City Manager Antonio Jefferson, who serves on the chamber board, says big companies looking for subcontractors often don’t know about the minority-owned businesses in the Big Bend area.