Seminole Indian Tribe Refuses to End Class III Gaming
TALLAHASSEE, FL --
The Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida continues to allow Class III gaming inside the Hard Rock Casino, ignoring the demands of the State Attorney. According to the state attorney's office, "The Seminole Tribe of Florida must stop Class III gaming at its casinos now".
The statement was delivered because a compact between the tribe and Governor Charlie Crist has been deemed unconstitutional. Back in 2007, Crist agreed to allow the Indians to offer Class III gambling inside their casinos, in exchange for nearly $100 million dollars per year.
As you know, Class III gaming is similar to the gambling found in places like Atlantic City and Las Vegas, with games such as slot machines, blackjack, high-stakes poker, and roulette.
Despite their agreement with Governor Crist, the Florida Supreme Court invalidated the Seminole compact in July because Crist doesn't have the constitutional authority to enter into agreements that would allow practices outside of the state law.
Even though State Attorney Bill McCollum has requested an end to the Class III gaming, the Seminoles continue-on, business as usual.
"This clearly shows how much power the Seminole Tribe has obtained recently", says Roy Ross, a local citizen who sent letters to state lawmakers expressing his discontentment with the tribe.
"These casinos in South Florida have caused an uproar in criminal activity, bankruptcies, and property foreclosures. The Seminole Tribe Casinos have put an enormous strain on the local economy", he says.
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