New compact for Seminole Tribe moving towards approval

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) expects final approval of a Class III gaming compact for the Seminole Tribe by early next week.

The deal was announced on Tuesday. The tribal council approved it yesterday and Crist said he will sign it after state lawmakers give their approval.

The compact authorizes slot machines at all seven of the tribe's casinos and table games at four casinos. The tribe will share over $1 billion with the state for the next five years.

The deal becomes effective after it is approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Get the Story:
Statement from the Seminole Tribe of Florida (WCTV-TV 4/7)
Seminole tribal council gives OK to gaming pact (The Tampa Tribune 4/8)
Seminoles OK gambling compact; Crist hopes to sign bill next week (The Palm Beach Post 4/8)
Race tracks feel jilted by state's gambling deal with Seminoles (The St. Petersburg Times 4/8)
Parimutuels: Gambling deal won’t help us (The Bradenton Herald 4/8)
Bunkley: ‘Now is the time’ to speak out against gambling expansion (Florida Baptist Witness 4/8)

An Opinion:
Editorial: Seminole gambling deal gives Florida needed revenue (The St. Petersburg Times 4/8)

Earlier Story:
Seminole Tribe signs a third compact for Class III gaming (4/7)