Gambling deal leaves Seminole Tribe optimistic, awaiting details
As Florida lawmakers put the final touches on a gambling compact and parimutuel agreement, Seminole leader Max B. Osceola Jr. said he was awaiting the legislation - due out this morning - but was optimistic.
At 10:10 p.m. last night, Osceola released the following statement:
“We sincerely appreciate the tireless efforts by the governor and the leaders of the Florida Legislature to agree on the terms of a bill. With this agreement, the governor can now finalize a compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
"We are awaiting a draft of the bill so we can review the details and have a better understanding of the terms. We look forward to working with the governor and legislators to hopefully make this compact a
reality for Florida schools, Florida workers, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Florida’s future.”
Photo: From left, Gov. Charlie Crist, tribal leader Max Osceola, Seminole Tribe lawyer Jim Shore at the House/Senate conference committee Wednesday.