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Tribe reveals growth plans if compact passes Tally

Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen, Gov. Rick Scott and Chairman James E. Billie answer questions from the media Feb. 1 during a press conference in Hollywood.
Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James E. Billie answer questions from a swarm of media Feb. 1 at Tribe Headquarters in Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD — Gov. Rick Scott visited Hollywood Reservation for a presentation Monday that gave a glimpse of the future of the Tribe’s Hard Rock empire if the new gaming compact currently under consideration in Tallahassee is ratified by state legislators.

 For starters:  an 800-room, guitar-shaped hotel in Hollywood with new restaurants and top-tier VIP treatment that includes car and butler service.

 But Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen said the Tribe’s gambling business would not become the biggest winner if the compact is approved by the Florida Senate and House this legislative session – job creation would come out on top.

 If legislators agree to the compact, the Tribe will embark on a $1.8 billion Hard Rock expansion program that will result in nearly 19,500 jobs. The jobs include 3,500 that already exist through Seminole gaming operations, 14,600 construction jobs to complete the expansions and another 4,900 jobs as the expansions are completed.

 “The compact is not all about adding new machines,” Allen said. Though, if the compact is approved craps and roulette will be added to games played at Seminole casino venues.

 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will also see major expansion: a new 500-room hotel tower, rooftop swimming pool, 2,000 capacity entertainment center, another poker room and several new restaurants.

 The compact, brokered by the Tribe and signed by Gov. Scott in early December, promises $3 billion in revenue sharing to the state from the Tribe over seven years – a boon for state coffers.

 

 

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