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New casino, hotel planned for Brighton Reservation

A plan to construct a new casino and hotel on the Brighton Reservation was approved by the Tribal Council at its Sept. 30 regular meeting.

Details presented to the Council by Seminole Gaming/Hard Rock International executive president and chief financial officer John Eder include a casino that would feature more than 600 slot machines and more than a dozen banked card games. It would also include non-smoking areas and high-limit gaming. Restaurants are also part of the plan, including a steakhouse, an all-day restaurant and a Constant Grind coffee house. The hotel would feature approximately 100 rooms, meeting space and a fitness center.

The new plan replaces one that was approved by the Council in the summer of 2014, but was not constructed. The new plan calls for the casino location to be moved down the road to a large, open space, according to Eder.

The Seminole Casino Brighton will be reborn at a different location and will include a hotel. (File photo)

The current Seminole Casino Brighton, which does not have a hotel, is 27,000 square feet and offers about 400 slot machines as well as table games; the new hotel and casino would be about 160,000 square feet.

The new property’s scheduled completion date is December 2023.

During the meeting, the Council also approved an expansion plan for Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood that calls for construction of nonsmoking areas with additional slots and other amenities.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at