FORT MYERS, Fla. - The longest ballot in Florida history is a little longer for Lee County voters. On the last Friday before the election, WINK News Call For Action is following the money behind Lee County Question 12-13.
The last item on the ballot for Lee County voters would legalize slot machines at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track. Both sides have spent the last five months trying to influence your vote.
Lee Says Yes hit the airwaves with an ad that promised to bring jobs to Lee County. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the owners of the race track are behind Lee Says Yes. According to the registration with the Lee County Elections Office, Isadore Havenick, whose family owns the track, is listed as the Chairman of the organization.
"It's jobs from accountants to marketing to housekeeping to entertainment, food and beverage," Havenick said in an October interview.
The Havenick's are so sure they'll be victorious on Tuesday, they've held career fairs for the expected jobs.
But on the other side, Lee Says No To Predatory Gambling, calls the promise of jobs a myth. The organization is run by Sanibel resident Mark Andrews who says he started the group because he believes gambling leads to increases in violence and addictions. That group started making robocalls to get its message across.
"Now they are saying: vote yes, you'll get jobs. Don't fall for the lies," the voice on the call said.