Seminole Tribe starts work on scaled back casino expansion plan

A view of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Photo from Facebook

The Seminole Tribe of Florida started work on an expansion project at one of its casinos.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa will be seeing a 30,000-square-foot gaming area, a 50-table poker room, a new restaurant, a 750-space parking garage and other amenities, The Tampa Bay Times reported. Plans for a new hotel tower, a music venue, meeting facilities and other changes have been dropped amid a dispute over a new Class III gaming compact, the paper said.

The tribe said it was going to invest $1.8 billion in its gaming enterprise if lawmakers approved the new agreement. That didn't happen and the tribe and the state are litigating compact issues in federal court.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino begins vastly scaled down expansion in Tampa (The Tampa Bay Times 6/1)
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