The deadline for deciding on a blackjack agreement between the State of Florida
and the Seminole Tribe is approaching. By Thursday the 2005 gaming agreement
will expire. The tribe will be forced to shut down certain gaming operations if
a new agreement is not made.
Over the Summer, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood and Tampa had
their gaming terms expire. A 90 day grace period was given in order for a new
compact to be negotiated.
A lawsuit was filed in by the Seminoles in order to keep the operation of their
games. The tribe believes that the state did not attempt in good faith to
negotiate a new compact.
A legal team for the state is currently reviewing the case and will attempt to
do what Governor Rick Scott believes will be in the state's best interest.
The money that is shared in gaming revenue by the tribe's casinos total
billions. State lawmakers are concerned about what will happen if a new compact
is not agreed upon.
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