Seminoles, Scott push $1.8B expansion plan

Posted at 3:52 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 15:52:48-05

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are seeking to increase pressure on state lawmakers to approve a new gaming compact by unveiling a proposed $1.8 billion expansion plan at two tribe casinos.

Scott and Seminole Chairman James Billie signed the seven-year compact in December. So far, it has languished in the state Legislature's annual session. They met Monday at the tribe's Hollywood headquarters to make a renewed push for approval.

The Seminoles say the expansion plan at its Hollywood and Tampa locations would create more than 4,800 permanent full-time jobs and over 14,500 construction jobs. The tribe wants the compact's certainty to move the plan forward.

The compact would provide Florida $3 billion over seven years in exchange for limits on the tribe's competition and other guarantees.

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