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Latvala: Rick Scott's gaming compact with Seminole Tribe offers nothing for Tampa Bay area




That’s what state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, said the Tampa Bay area can look for from Gov. Rick Scott’s new $3 billion gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe.

“What’s missing from the compact is anything whatsoever for the Tampa Bay area,” Latvala said at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Bay Area Legislative Delegation at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Moreover, Latvala said, “this compact opens the door for expanded gaming in South Florida in a big way” and provides new games like roulette and craps to the Seminoles, creating competitive advantages that could threaten the very existence of Tampa Bay Downs and Derby Lane.

These businesses have been around for 50 or 60 years and employ hundreds of people, he said, and bay area lawmakers should remember that when it comes time for the Legislature to ratify the agreement.

“I think we need to band together and do something about it,” Latvala said.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 12:40pm]


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