Pact between Florida and Seminole Indians may be near
Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Indians are close to a deal allowing the tribe's casinos to offer Las Vegas-style slot machines - possibly even card games - with the potential to generate more than $100-million a year for the state.
A federal official told the Associated Press last night that an agreement between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe to allow expanded gambling on tribe-owned land could happen before the end of the month.
The tribe has proposed giving the state $50-million up front and at least $100-million annually in exchange for the rights to have Las Vegas-style slot machines, blackjack and baccarat.
Yesterday WMNF asked two Tampa Democrats if they thought the state should make a deal with Seminoles.
Former Congressman Jim Davis said no. But former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn, now a political consultant and television analyst, said Florida should get a piece of the gambling pie.
WMNF attempted several times today to try to speak with an official with the Indian Affairs bureau in Washington, but we were unsuccessful.comments powered by Disqus