Leaders Have Seminole Deal to Take to Lawmakers
Legislative negotiators have reached a five-year gaming pact with the Seminole Tribe, the Miami Herald-St. Petersburg Times Tallahassee bureau reported late Friday night, though the plan still needs full legislative approval.
The $1.5 billion deal would give the tribe exclusive rights to operate table games in South Florida and put slot machines in its other casinos outside Miami and Broward Counties.
Rep. Bill Galvano told the Herald that he spent Good Friday in talks with the tribe, negotiators from the Senate, and from Gov. Charlie Crist's office, and the parties reached a deal House and Senate leaders feel they can take to lawmakers.
The deal would also have to be approved by the tribal council.
The tribe would pay the state $150 million in the first two years and more in the out years for exclusive rights to offer black jack at two casinos in Broward and casinos in Immokalee and Tampa.
All seven of the tribes casinos would continue to operate Las Vegas-style slot machines and make payments to the state for 20 years under the deal, the newspapers reported.